Beardie bite on the finger.

This forum is for general Beardie discussions that do not fit within other specialized forums. Please use a forum specific to your issue, if one applies.

Beardie bite on the finger.

Postby Malygos » Sun Nov 17, 2019 1:34 pm

My 16 month old beardie bit my finger. Of coarse it broke through the skin, and into my flesh. I mean they have teeth, and they're sharp! The wound is not very big, maybe under half inch, But it was deep. Anyway, I cleaned it right away with hydrogen peroxide. I don't know if I got it cleaned as deep as it goes.
So the question is... Is there anything I should worry about contracting? Should I go to the doctor? He also had just been eating superworms, and dubia roaches.
By the way he is not aggresive at all, it was my fault. I made a stupid decision in a moment of panic and paid the price for it. Which will be discussed in another post.
Last edited by Malygos on Sun Nov 17, 2019 1:55 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Malygos
Newbie Poster
 
Posts: 7
Joined: Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:04 pm
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Re: Beardie bite on the finger.

Postby JumpinJellyfish » Sun Nov 17, 2019 1:54 pm

I think just keep it clean, put neosporin/triple antibiotic on it, cover with bandaid, and you should be fine. Things that are transmissible are usually via contact with feces.
Never knew I could get so happy about poop, or so comfortable with bugs. :-D
JumpinJellyfish
Hatchling Poster
 
Posts: 253
Joined: Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:58 am

Re: Beardie bite on the finger.

Postby MrSpectrum » Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:59 pm

Malygos wrote: So the question is... Is there anything I should worry about contracting?

Is a Bearded Dragon's Bite Dangerous to Humans?

Risk of intestinal problems

Even though there is nothing to worry about on being bitten by a bearded dragon, there is one risk that may be a cause of concern. A bearded dragon's mouth is known to carry salmonella bacteria that may be transferred to humans on being bitten. This may lead to serious intestinal problems. Thus, in such cases, it becomes necessary to scrub your hands with hot water and use an anti-bacterial soap before and after you have handled the lizard in order to avoid infection. In this case, you may even require a tetanus shot, if you have not taken it in the past 5 years.
User avatar
MrSpectrum
Sub-Adult Poster
 
Posts: 764
Joined: Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:10 am

Re: Beardie bite on the finger.

Postby kingofnobbys » Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:06 pm

Just put a cloth fabric Elastoplast on it and change the dressing daily if needed and it'll heal up just fine in a week or two.
CBDs: Cleopatra & Caesar born 28Jan19.
Puff (RIP 10Dec15),Rex (RIP 16Mar17),Toothless (RIP 26Nov17).Peppa (RIP 22Mar19).
EBTSs : George & Mildred (born july 2010).
EWSs : new rescues Gutzy (F) 27Sep19, juvenile Cheakie (M) 21Oct19
Fluffy (F) rescued injured by lawnwacker 14Nov17, Wriggles (F) - injured rescue, over 8 yrs old, RIP 2Feb16 old age. Lucky juvenile (M) - cat attack rescue (lost r-eye, broken r-lower jaw), fatal SI RIP 21Jul2010.
kingofnobbys
BD.org Sicko
 
Posts: 11013
Joined: Tue May 12, 2015 10:56 pm

Re: Beardie bite on the finger.

Postby claudiusx » Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:08 pm

Hi there,

You will be just fine, especially with washing it and using hydrogen peroxide. The HP would have ate into the skin deep enough so dont worry about that.

It's really not too concerning just watch for signs of infection like you would with any scrape or cut. :)
Honestly it's nothing to worry about :)

-Brandon
Follow along with all my beardies. Check out my thread here!: Claud's Crew
P.S. We have lots of pictures ;)
User avatar
claudiusx
Moderator
Moderator
 
Posts: 16492
Joined: Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:44 pm
Location: California

Re: Beardie bite on the finger.

Postby DorgEndo » Mon Nov 18, 2019 6:28 am

Try calling your vet. They may have more information on hand than your doctor's office about a bearded dragon bite. You can also call your doctor's office and leave a message with a nurse or on-call provider. The office will check if you have any immunizations due and they might have standing orders for pet bites based on your medical history, internet people can't make the call here.

Kingofnobbys is on point with Elastoplast or any flexible fabric-style breathable bandage is good for small wounds on the hand. A small dab of Neosporin/triple antibiotic ointment. Shower as normal, let area air dry completely before applying a bandage again to avoid the skin from becoming water saturated, 20 minutes is a good amount of time usually.
User avatar
DorgEndo
Hatchling Poster
 
Posts: 254
Joined: Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:51 am
Location: MN, USA

Re: Beardie bite on the finger.

Postby MrSpectrum » Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:07 am

DorgEndo wrote:Try calling your vet. They may have more information on hand than your doctor's office about a bearded dragon bite. You can also call your doctor's office and leave a message with a nurse or on-call provider. The office will check if you have any immunizations due and they might have standing orders for pet bites based on your medical history, internet people can't make the call here.

Kingofnobbys is on point with Elastoplast or any flexible fabric-style breathable bandage is good for small wounds on the hand. A small dab of Neosporin/triple antibiotic ointment. Shower as normal, let area air dry completely before applying a bandage again to avoid the skin from becoming water saturated, 20 minutes is a good amount of time usually.

+1--what he & kingofnobbys said. In addition to signs of infection, watch for any digestive/gut symptoms.

[Non sequitur]
Had to look up "Elastoplast"; Here we have "Band-aid"s--both are brand names for pretty much the same thing.

Regardless of who originated it (Shaw, Wilde, Churchill, etc.) I'm always amused & fascinated by the observation of great nations (USA, Canada, G.B. & Australia in this case) divided by a common language. :lol:
[/Non sequitur]
User avatar
MrSpectrum
Sub-Adult Poster
 
Posts: 764
Joined: Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:10 am
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -


Return to General Discussion

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: MSN [Bot]