He was in a fight and his face is swollen from his injuries and from him scratching
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Dog battle injuries can be tough to treat because there are many bacteria in the teeth and gums, so if swelling or pus occurs in the wound of him, you should visit an animal hospital quickly for treatment. If there is bleeding, firmly put sterile gauze over the bleeding area.
The act of your dog scratching at the injuries can further exacerbate the swelling and potentially lead to infection if the skin is broken. Avoid using hydrogen peroxide or alcohol as these can damage tissue. Gently dab the wounds to remove any debris and apply a light, non-sticky bandage if necessary.
Monitor your dog closely for signs of infection, which include increased redness, swelling, heat, pain, or discharge from the wounds. If your dog seems lethargic, refuses to eat, or shows signs of pain (whining, reluctance to move, aggression when touched), these are also concerning signs. And if the swelling is severe or continues to worsen, or if you notice any difficulty breathing, this could indicate a more serious condition such as an abscess or an allergic reaction, and immediate veterinary care is necessary.
As a result, you should take him to an animal hospital as soon as possible to have the damaged area's fur clipped and suitable topical agents (disinfectants, ointment) and oral antibiotics administered. Because the inflammation may progress over time, please schedule a consultation with your veterinarian as soon as possible. Also, if he scratches his wound, he risks secondary infection and self-injury, so please secure him with an e-collar around his neck.
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