My dog was scratched by a cat on leg

My boxer dog was scratched by a cat today on his leg that is pretty deep. I cleaned the area and now he is limping on it and the area seems to be swelling. Should I rush him to the vet or is this something I can keep an eye on and perform some sort of home remedy?

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    By: Julie Ann El Segundo, CA

    Replied on 04/19/2011

    Cat scratches and bites are notorious for becoming infected. The diameter of the claw and teeth are small. When they puncture the skin the bacteria on them are trapped under the skin. The small puncture seals over and the infection begins. I would recommend you take your dog to your veterinarian. Antibiotics will be needed to treat the infection. If an abscess has developed and is not draining it may need to be surgically drained. In most cases the sooner the wound is treated the better your chance of having a smaller veterinary bill. Julie Ann, Vet Tech

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