Dog bites or bites from other animals can typically be
treated with home care if there is no danger of rabies. If
the skin is broken and rabies are a possibility the animal
should be identified or captured if possible and
professional medical help should be used. For other bites
they may fall into one of these categories:
broken skin – minor concern.
Puncture wound – limited bleeding and a high risk of
wounds with torn flesh – bleeding needs to be stopped,
infection addressed and wound closed properly. In more
serious situations there is also the possibility of damage
to underlying structures in the body including tendons,
ligaments, nerves, bones, etc. Also sutures or medical
procedures may be required to repair highly damaged areas.
Always monitor any of these types of wounds in the days
following for the danger of infection.
Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends:
Frankincense, Melaleuca, On Guard, Purify
Essential oils based
Basil, Clove, Deep Blue, Helichrysum, LavenderE,
understand the E and C superscript go to Home and
scroll to New Helps.
broken skin – clean and topically apply Melaleuca. Use Deep Blue
for pain and bruising.
Puncture wound – clean and apply Frankincense, Melaleuca, On
Guard and/or Purify topically. To help oils penetrate into
the puncture dilute with a carrier oil and work them into
the wound. Cover and treat 2 times per day for 2 - 3 days.
wounds with torn flesh – Stop the bleeding with Helichrysum
and pressure. Clean the area and topically apply
Frankincense, Melaleuca, On Guard and/or Purify.
Cautions: If flesh is damaged to the point
requiring stitches or there is danger of damaged ligaments,
tendons, nerves or bones seek professional medical
attention. If there is a risk of rabies capture the animal
if possible and seek professional medical attention.
Consider 4 drops of On Guard and 3 drops of Oregano in a
capsule taken 2 times a day for added protection against
infection. See also Scar
Experiences and Testimonials of others
ReNay - My Husband
got bitten by a little chihuahua last night and he keeps
telling me he is fine just a little puncture wound, to save
my oils for some one who really needs them. So what oils
would be the best to put on him I was thinking Lavender or
Frankincense or Helichrysum. I will get it on him one way or
the other even if I have to wait until he is asleep.
Pat – If you have Purify use it, it is a
great cleansing oil for dog bites.
Jan - I got bitten by a pet skunk three
weeks ago. I put helichrysum on day and night, also
frankincense and melaleuca. The bite healed and cleared
within three days. The skunk is also still alive...LOL! No
rabies here...so far. Also took 3 a day of the omega
supplements from the Wellness pack.
Sommer - I just had to share a success
story! We got a new dog about 3 weeks ago. Last weekend I
decided I had built enough "trust" to try administering some
canine dental foam. Wrong! He bit me, and one lower tooth
punctured the fleshy part of my palm deeply enough that it
was bleeding quite readily. (I'll stop short of saying
"profusely," but my husband likened the scene to a horror
film....) I'm pretty new to the oils, and I found myself
staring at the medicine cabinet and my oil kit trying to
decide what to do. I decided to put my health where my
vocal live-more-natural mouth is and use the oils, which was
definitely the right choice! I started with some "owie
spray" I made at a class, but I can't remember exactly what
was in it so I was uneasy. I decided that a dog bite
deserved the "heavy hitters" so I applied a drop of
melaleuca followed by a drop of frankincense. Then I
wrapped it securely and took a drop of oregano and a drop of
On Guard orally (in a capsule with my Slim & Sassy). I kept
up this protocol all week, and I am amazed at the results!
It was looking fairly well healed within 2 days (remember,
this was a deep puncture), and now (exactly 1 week later) it
is about 98% healed--just a little scab tissue at the
surface. As an aside, the other fabulous benefit is that it
didn't hurt at all after the first half hour or so except
for a little bit of soft tissue soreness. Yippie!
AC - Has anyone
used oils for an animal bite? In am thinking help with the
incision and the possible infection internally.
Pat – Purify for infection and Lavender
for infection and scarring.
Rachel - I was bitten by a dog early
August. Went to the ER for irrigation and did start
antibiotics because it was a really bad bite. One puncture
wound started trying to get infected. I had made a salve
with whole coconut oil, lavender and On Guard. I keep my
house warm in the summer, so this was liquid at the time. I
dripped the oil into the wound trying to get to the
infection and by morning the redness, soreness, and heat
were gone. That one has also healed incredibly faster and
better than the others. In the future, this will be my
antibiotic ointment for any wound, and not just topically,
but getting it down in the wound.
Amelia - I have a bite story that
actually made me fall in love with doTERRA. In the fall of
2010 I was bitten by my dog and it was a puncture wound on
my finger. Before I continue I must explain that in 2009 I
was bitten by different dog, similar bite opposite finger
and almost had to be hospitalized due to infection and ended
up getting C-Diff from antibiotics. The recovery process
from bite #1 was long and difficult! I did not know about
doTERRA at the time.
Now back to my bite in 2010. Because of the horrible
experience I had a year before I was determined to try my
oils (had been a user for approximately 3 months). At first
I applied On Guard by morning it didn't seem to help and my
finger was beginning to swell and redden so I tried pulling
any bacteria out by doing an Epsom salt soak with On Guard
and something else, I don’t remember what. Then on a whim I
decided to try Frankincense (my 5ml bottle was all but empty
so I mixed a little carrier oil and applied it). By this
time there was very visible infection and it was moving into
my hand and hubby was begging me to go to ER. I refused and
told him I was gonna give oils a chance to work.. I could
tell the Frankincense was doing something I just didn’t have
enough to really be aggressive so I called my friend who
kindly shared a perfume vial amount of Frankincense. I began
applying it late on Sat night approximately 24 hours after
the bite occurred. I applied just a swipe across the
puncture wound about every 15-20 min until I went to bed.
By morning my hubby agreed that it was visibly improved.
I continued to apply Frankincense often for the next few
days. By day 3 there was no swelling or redness aside from
directly surrounding the puncture but it was more of a pink
healing color not red and angry. By day 5 it was scabbed and
smaller and slightly pink...today you can barely see a scar
but you have to REALLY search for it! I am still amazed that
a teeny tiny amount of Frankincense saved me $1000s of
dollars (ER, meds, etc) plus I am pretty sure it saved my
gut from the affects of another round of big gun antibiotics
and the ensuing c-diff that was sure to follow! Thus my love
affair with Frankincense began!
Jana - My husband was bit by our dog (it
was a freak, unfortunate accident) in September. He
literally started dumping On Guard on it within seconds
after being bit before we went to the ER around 20 minutes
later. There were two puncture marks on his arm that broke
the skin He did not accept shots or antibiotics. Just had
them clean it up and put a bandage on it. He continued to
take oregano and clove in a capsule and never had any issues
with infection, seeping or soreness. He used Clove since it
is high in antioxidants and Oregano since it is an
antibiotic. Less than a week after it happened, it just
looked like a small cut and it was nearly healed.