Antoinette Taus is currently recuperating after undergoing an emergency surgery to stitch the wounds she sustained from dog bites.
The actress was attacked by a dog in Baguio City this weekend.
In her Facebook post dated March 4, Antoinette revealed that she sustained wounds in many parts of her body.
She wrote, "I am currently confined and recovering from dog bites to my left forearm, left thigh, and right breast. I was attacked by a chow chow on Saturday evening while at a family wedding in Baguio. My left forearm suffered the worst and took two hours of surgery and suturing."
Her post included photos of her wounds post-surgery, but she also described how bad they looked right after the incident.
She continued, "We didn’t get to take photos when it happened or in the emergency room. There was so much going on that nobody thought of it.
"These are photos of my arm after surgery when my bandages were being changed.
"But initially, when it first happened, there was some fat hanging out of the wound, and I could even see the tendon in my wrist.
"Luckily there’s no permanent damage and no arteries or nerves were harmed."
Antoinette had to cancel some scheduled commitments.
"I have some events and meetings lined up this week, and I sincerely apologize for not being able to attend to work for now."
An animal lover, the 38-year-old actress said she was traumatized by the experience, and included in her post a reminder to anyone planning to get a dog.
"For those thinking of getting a dog, I have been told that chow chow’s are the number one breed known to be involved in dog bite cases.
"I am an animal lover and my natural instincts wouldn’t allow me to harm the dog that was attacking me. He is perfectly fine.
"But I am definitely traumatized most especially by the chow chow breed."
This dog breed originally came from northern China, and is referred to as "Songshi Quan," which means "puffy-lion dog."
Despite her trauma, Antoinette still encouraged adoption of abandoned dogs.
"Before buying expensive breeds, please give some thought to adopting dogs. Some parts of the US don't allow dogs to be purchased in pet stores any longer. Please do consider adoption and give abandoned dogs a chance."
Lastly, she hoped for a speedy recovery.
"Praying for a speedy recovery and deeply grateful to the amazing doctors and nurses that have been so wonderful in taking care of me since I arrived."
When bitten by a dog, here are some first-aid tips from the websites health.clevelandclinic.org and healthline.com.
(Note: First-aid treatment depends on the severity of the wounds)
1. Press the skin around the wound gently to encourage bleeding to flush out as much bacteria as possible.
2. Wash the wound with mild soap and water.
3. Use clean cloth to slow the bleeding.
4. Apply over-the-counter antibiotic cream.
5. Wrap the wound with a sterile bandage.
6. Seek immediate medical help or go to the nearest animal bite center to make sure you won't have infection or rabies.