wouldnt' the dog have died from tetanus if he had it? i seriously doubt you have anything to worry about... the ER drs are great for scare tactics and fearmongering the uneducated person. As long as the bite bled, you shouldn't have much to worry about.. there are less than 100 cases of tetanus in the USA per year and most are either in the elderly with poor circulation, or in drug using persons, using dirty needles.
Dogs can be carriers of tetanus. They do not necessarily have symptoms. As for the timing, I assume it is already morning now, so maybe you have gone in. If it was a 1 cm deep puncture wound which did not bleed, the reality is that this is a higher risk wound...no fear-mongering intended! Only you can decide. TIG is not going to be available at a pediatrician. The only place outside the ER I can think of is a health department, maybe? It might be worth a call. Hugs, mama. No judgement here (and I am a healthcare provider). Sorry the UC doc was such a nimrod.
Is the dog vaccinated? Was the bite reported? All clinics will report the bite. The owner will have to prove if the dog has it's vaccinations. And it can get interesting from their. DD1 was bitten by our dog. Our dog was vaccinated however DD1 was not. We followed the protocol and produced the information for our dog to the city as requested and quarantined our own dog. DD1 is still alive and fine. I did get her a tetanus shot after she stepped on a rusty nail out at a friends that thing went through her foot.
This gives some good info
I might take him in. The lack of bleeding would concern me. I think tetanus is found in feces as well, and dogs do lick themselves, etc. I know the chances are low for tetanus, but tetanus is a scary disease. Caveat: I would research TIG, first.
I would only consider the TIG, unless you had pre-existing plans to get the DPT.
Whether or not you can get a tetanus shot alone is up in the air - and something you might choose to research - but do so after the crisis is over with a clear head.
I see this thread is a few days old - any update?
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