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08 December 2007 @ 10:02 am
crime scene cleanup  
I woke up this morning: My house is COVERED in blood. Drapes, bedding, floor, ceiling, all the carpets, furniture... I'm actually finding it in the computer keys as I type. My dog tore the tip of her ear on something -- probably her own claw, I'm betting -- and then all hell sort of broke loose.

I managed to stop the bleeding with flour, confine her with a chew toy so she doesn't aggravate it, and shower the worst of it out of my hair.

Quick question, because I need to go to work: Say in all this mess I got dog blood in my eyes and mouth. Is this bad? Do I call a vet? A human doctor?

Edit: Called vet to ensure that dog is not going to bleed out. They say she might need a suture but we can wait and see if the bleeding stays stopped as long as she has energy and isn't showing signs of imminent death. However, the Crazy Chinese Dog Disease is very transmissible to humans via blood, apparently. The internet disagrees on that front and says it can only be contracted directly by a tick, but I should probably listen to the licensed medical professional who says "Um, your dog scratched open wounds in your hands and you were covered in parasite-filled dog blood? CALL YOUR DOCTOR."

Edit2: Doctor sez: "URGENT CARE 4 U!" I says, "I'm at work! Will my eyes explode if I wait until tonight?" He says, "Prolly not, no." So anyway, I'm sure this is all no big deal, but I'll go in tonight and hopefully they'll stick me on some preventative antiparasite stuff or whatever and then I can go BLEACH EVERYTHING I OWN.
feel: dirtydirty
stellar_duststellar_dust on December 8th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness, your poor pets this week! D:

I think dog blood is okay, but your puppy is sick, right? In that case you should probably should call either the vet or a doctor just to be sure ...
Little Red: b5 - ivanova oven - crazybeemylittleredgirl on December 8th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
Yep. She has ehrlichia, which are blood-borne parasites. I have a weakened immune system, too, so I'm not sure whether I should panic or just assume that little parasites couldn't have gotten into me without a whole heck of a lot of blood. :-/
stellar_duststellar_dust on December 8th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)
They probably couldn't have gotten into you .. but it's best to be sure! Don't panic, please! ... but do call a doctor!
Little Red: peanuts - snoopy on headmylittleredgirl on December 8th, 2007 07:58 pm (UTC)
I'm calling the vet since the people-doctor wouldn't know anything about this disease, prolly... (it's almost nonexistant in Oregon and my vet had to look it up for my poor Taiwanese dog)...

I realized that the doggie scratched my hand up pretty good, and that was covered in blood, so yah, I'm going to check with someone. And while I'm at it, I'll make sure that my poor doggie isn't going to suffer too much from having lost all that blood. :(
ornithoptercatornithoptercat on December 8th, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
oh my god.

I think you'd better call in some sort of professional cleaning service and/or rent a carpet steamer- blood is hard to get out. Hydrogen peroxide really helps, but will bleach stuff.

Unless your dog has a disease or parasites that can be passed to humans, you're fine. Dog blood in and of itself isn't harmful. You might want to call the vet for the dog though - at the very least, you'd better buy a styptic pencil/powder (works better than flour) and then clip her toenails yourself.
Little Red: cheer - cleaning - foldedwingsmylittleredgirl on December 8th, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC)
Well, I happen to own my own carpet steamer and I'll put some bleach in with hot water to clean the rugs tonight. And oxy-clean them before-hand. I hope we don't have to repaint, haha...

See, the dog is recovering from a disease of blood-borne parasites (and I have a weakened immune system). I had to come to work today so I couldn't bring the doglette to the vet (plus the bleeding stopped... and my sister is checking in on her...) and if she acts listless or anything bad-ish or the bleeding doesn't clot right I'll definitely take her in but my pet insurance hasn't kicked in yet (they never even got back to me, bleh) and I really can't afford it and buy food for her before my next paycheck on the 15th. I couldn't find my styptic powder today, alas, so flour it was. We just clipped her nails last week and filed them down and everything so they weren't sharp! I have no earthly clue what's going on. Maybe she stuck her ear in a rat cage and Opaka chomped it.

You know I really thought that I was being generous when I budgeted betweeon $150-200 a month for doggie care? Right now we're running well over $400/month...

Ehm, I'm flailing a bit. Sorreeeeeee!!
Clydesuzvoy on December 8th, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
Rose Wilde-Irishrosewildeirish on December 8th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
Yikes! Bestest Friend in Da Whole Wide World had a Dalmatian that did that - there's apparently a goodsized vein very close to the tip of the ear. One nick, blood ever'where.

Sorry you had to deal with it. I think you'll be fine with the blood, but might want to ask a vet. I'm sure they have to deal with that sort of thing all the time (ick).
Little Red: peanuts - sigh snoopy dishmylittleredgirl on December 8th, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
Seriously! Who decided to put a vein there!? Utter evolutionary adness, I tell you.

I called the vet just now and they're all "Um, yah, that's very transmissible to humans via blood, call your doctor!" and so I'll do that. *mutter, mutter* The dog might need a suture (or an Elizabethan collar, LOL), so I'll keep an eye on her, too. :-/

I made it to work, though, and sister gave me a whole pint of alfalfa sprouts to eat, so... things could be worse?
Rose Wilde-Irishrosewildeirish on December 8th, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
*clings* Yah. *huggles*
mikasteelelell: Prayingoxbastetxo on December 8th, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC)

Poor Puppy and Poor You!!!

Oxi-clean is wonderful at getting blood out.


Totally understand the stinky immune issues.

Praying for you guys!
mehhhhhh: [Janet] comfortcnidarian on December 9th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC)
Oh my God in Heaven, why does this stuff always happen to you? It's incredible. Hope you get rid of your tropical parasites soon, then we can both join the ex-tropical-parasites club. All the cool kids are there.