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:
- No broken skin – minor concern.
- Puncture wound – limited bleeding and a high risk of infection.
- Open 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.
Please note: The information provided below is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have used essential oils and has NOT been scientifically verified with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns please seek professional medical attention.
Essential Oils to Use:
Oils & Blends: Frankincense, Melaleuca, A Protective Blend, A Cleansing Blend
Also consider: Basil, Clove, A Soothing Blend, Helichrysum, Lavender, Oregano
- No broken skin – clean and topically apply Melaleuca. Use Soothing Blend for pain and bruising.
- Puncture wound – clean and apply Frankincense, Melaleuca, Protective Blend and/or Cleansing Blend 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.
- Open wounds with torn flesh – Stop the bleeding with Helichrysum and pressure. Clean the area and topically apply Frankincense, Melaleuca, Protective Blend and/or Cleansing Blend.
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 Protective Blend and 3 drops of Oregano in a capsule taken 2 times a day for added protection against infection. See also the Scar Reduction page.
Experiences & Testimonials
Please note: The information provided below is a compilation of the experiences of others who have used essential oils and has NOT been scientifically verified with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns please seek professional medical attention.
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 Cleansing Blend 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 Protective Blend orally (in a capsule with my Metabolic Blend). 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 – Cleansing Blend 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 Protective Blend. 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 (…). 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 (…) 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 Protective Blend 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 Protective Blend 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 Protective Blend 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.