Treating a Dog Scratched by Cat?

My dog was scratched by our new roommate's cat. They seemed to coexist unless the animals get too close together. The cat scratched my Pomeranian under her eye and it was bleeding. The eye itself doesn't look damaged, but under her eye bled a lot. I'm doing a saltine rinse on the wound a couple times a day to prevent infection. I also have no money to take her to a vet :( I don't want anything bad to happen to my dog. She's an older dog 5-6 (age is unknown due to abandonment of original owners).


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August 30, 20150 found this helpful

I do not know what a saltine rinse is? If you mean saline, rinsing will not prevent an infection and bleeding "alot" is a bad sign!

You must find the money to take your dog to a vet immediately to check on the eye. You state the eye does not look damaged, however, you are not a vet and, I assume, have no medical training. Something happened as your dog bled "alot". Any delay can further damage the injured area and may cost more in the long run.

Pets are like people, they need proper veterinary check ups, vaccines, proper diet, and illnesses and accidents happen. If you are not able to afford veterinary care, you should not have a pet.

June 25, 20190 found this helpful

If everyone who couldn't afford huge vet bills, there wouldn't be many pets. Sometimes just LOVE is enough.

August 31, 20150 found this helpful

You mean saline. Anyway, that's a good start. But now it needs to scab over and heal. Start using triple antibiotic ointment (NOT the cream) on the scratch and in the eye. As long as the eye looks clear and nothing gets red, swells up, etc. it will probably be okay.


Of course, you are risking something happening to the eye, but since you have no money there is little else you can do at this point.

Let your roommate know he needs to trim his cat's claws.

April 5, 20220 found this helpful

My dog was just attacked by a cat on the street whilst we were walking in leash. It ran from about 10 meters away and wrapped itself around his head, didnt let go for a good 5 seconds, felt more like 30 seconds. He was bleeding from lacerations around his right eye and nose.
I took him to the vet and while we were waiting the bleeding stopped and my other dog cleaned it up and we could tell it hadnt gotten his eyeball. So I left without a consult, much calmed. I left because I could not really afford the bill either and I was satisfied he didnt need urgent care.


The vet receptionist told me to wash the wounds with heavily diluted betadine.
Im going to do this a few times a day and also apply neocort which is an antibiotic, anaesthetic cream.
Of course I will keep a close eye and if they start to look infected ie/ red, angry, puffy or with pus then I will definitely have to seek treatment.
The main reason I went to the vet was because blood pooped in his bottom eyelid and I was worried about his eye. But it is apparent now that there is no damage to the eyeball.
I would recommend treating as I have said above and keep a close eye on the wounds. Good luck!


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