Bradley, my sister is an RN nurse/missionary. She did time in Haiti and was matron of the Masanga Leprosy Hospital in Sierra Leone (brought back a dog and a boy). She's used to expedient medicines.
I asked her why Clorox was bad and she says the bleach burn may be worse than the original injury. She says you can dilute it enough where it won't burn you, but still kill the bugs.
She says the ratio is five DROPS in a large glass of water: kills the bugs, no bleach burn.
PS The dog was a Basenji, lazy as shit but cool as hell, called Momo after the local chieftain - they don't bark. She let him sleep IN the bed so he wouldn't get eaten, and that was his favorite place. He'd come stand next to the bed and stare at you until you woke up, not sure how he did that. Then he'd always wait to be invited on the bed, she didn't teach him that. Within a minute or so, he'd be wriggling under the covers, and you didn't stand a chance.
Not directed at the ole Cajun specifically, as I'm sure he knows how to handle dogs... But more of a general comment from a guy who raises big dogs (GSDs, Pyrenees, and Anatolian Sheps): be careful in how you raise big, strong dogs. Dog language is much more physical than human language and, without a very clear direction as to who is in charge, big strong dogs may pose you a variety of risks and liabilities down the road. Don't be afraid to put those dogs in line. They need and desire that type of direction. Aggression towards it's person, let alone a bite, is unacceptable under any circumstances and, if dealt with properly, will never occur again. The dog will be happier and more comfortable for the correction and understand it's place in the grand scheme of things (which is what a dog is hard-wired to crave). I've had to put a big dog down who was raised improperly by an irresponsible former owner, and it's a sad thing. But not nearly as sad as mauled child or bitten friend.
Dogs are an emotional issue, so hopefully this post is taken in the spirit of friendliness with which it was intended.
Per I am not unopen to advice. PMon only listens to me, I am the dominant one in our relationship, that being said I was the dumbass letting him go in without me. He scratched me, no bite and poor mutt was bewildered I felt so sorry for him. That being said I am strict with him when he screws up, but no abuse, saw my grandfather pull a man off his horse that he was abuseing, slapped him silly. If you want an animal you gotta care for it. I am open to any advice from you. Thanks in advance.
Story of my own. Back in June I took my dog "Dutch" in to get his shots updated. That went alright, but I then asked if they could trim his nails, as I had tried that morning and he wouldn't be still enough.
He's a med. sized dog, maybe 60 lbs. Part pit and part pointer. Usually a real sweetheart. Two vet assistants took him back to the vet in the back for the trim. About 2 min. later I heard Dutch scream and howl and then growl, then scream again and then a long moan. Then yelling and more howls and thumping. I went back to see what was happening and all three had Dutch down on the floor and trying to hang on. I yelled "what the hell are you doing"! The vet said trying to hold him down, They hadn't even started to trim his nails! I said to just forget it. They seemed very appreciative. The vet said that he hated to medicate a dog just to trim his nails, but he might have to if I ever want it done.
Dutch was ok. Just scared. The vet and his assistants looked like they wanted to be somewhere else. Dutch couldn't wait to get out of there. He's usually ok for most things. Just hates having people hold him down. I got him from a rescue center, so who knows what he may have gone through before.
On another note, my grandfather used Turpentine for all sorts of cuts and scrapes. He said it was the best medicine he had during the depression.
Ole Cajun- I misunderstood. A scratch is a very different behavior than a bite, and reflects a different intention. I agree wholeheartedly about abuse. Big difference between discipline and abuse. Just as with children. However, dogs speak a physical language and need contact to understand. Not abuse or violence, mind you, just contact (as opposed to no-contact). As with horses, we put ourselves and those around us in danger if our dogs don't understand their boundaries and expectations. But as with children, horses, or big dogs, we have an enormous obligation to understand the stark differences between contact and abuse/anger/violence.
Anyway, glad everyone's ok.