Yep, had my first dog bite. Thankfully, it was only a one-finger puncture. I was depressed immediately after it happened…I think I was sad to figure out that not all animals actually like me, haha.
Before I pet sit for any animal, I go to its home in advance to meet the humans and the animals. At this house, the Aussie mix was being really barky at the door. The owner held him back and opened the door for me. Then she handed me a treat to feed him while saying he’d be fine after the treat. But he nipped the treat out of my hand to the floor and then lunged at my hand. He only got one finger, but I was bleeding alot and squirreled away in their bathroom while they put the pup away.
In the end, it was a one-tooth puncture and small tear on the middle finger of my left hand. It bled really badly for a few minutes and then just looked gross. I’ve had worse injuries from excited puppies and roller blading. The owners were horrified/embarrassed, got me a towel and alcohol and hydrogen peroxide, and offered to drive me to an urgent care center or back home when I declined. I was fine to drive.
Thankfully, I live with an EMT (emergency medical technician). He checked me out and agreed that I just need to keep it very clean with hydrogen peroxide and bandaged with Neosporin (anti-bacterial cream). It was “merely a flesh wound” and should be fine in a week or two. As of right now, it is already scabbing up a little and I’m keeping it very clean.
Honestly, I was more sad that their dog was either scared of me or didn’t like me than I was truly worried about my finger. Now that I know my finger is fine, I’m more frustrated that I have to avoid touching my keyboard with it, lol. I’m trying not to get down on myself because this one dog dislikes me. I still have pet sat for more than 150 animals that think I’m awesome, so I’ll remember that instead.
I’ll also never take an owner’s word that their fur baby isn’t dangerous again. He was aggressive and unhappy – I should have just turned around. Lesson solidified.
Have you ever been aggressively attacked by an animal? How did you handle it?