Friday, February 10, 2012

Dog Bite to Face

I have dealt with many traumatic dog bites to the face repairing noses, lips, ears, and cheeks. Recently, Kyle Dyer, a news anchor was filming a live segment about a dog that was rescued from an icy lake when she got too close and was bit on the lower lip. She required surgical repair of this injury. See the video here.

I repair many of these bites but the the most important factor here is prevention. Never bring your face close to a dog’s face - especially one you do not know. You would not invade a human’s private space like this and I must assume a dog must feel the same with a stranger. It’s important to repair these bites within 12 hours to avoid infection. Antibiotics are required and close monitoring for infection is a necessity.

Dr. Funk is a board certified facial plastic surgeon in Houston who specializes in facial trauma and facial reconstruction.