The Danger Of Dog Bites

Dogs may be man’s best friend, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have our quarrels once in a while. It’s important to remember that although dogs are domesticated animals, they are still animals, and can be unpredictable particularly with strangers. Not every dog is a friendly dog, and not every dog is social, and dogs can be dangerous when they decide to bite. In most cases, dogs don’t bite purely out of aggression, and there is a level of fear or other discomfort that causes a dog to lash out. Knowing the signs to look out for can help you to avoid being the victim of a dog bite, but it may not put a stop to dog bites altogether.

When a dog has a “mohawk” of hair up their back, when they put their ears down and show the whites of their eyes, when they bare teeth, growl, or turn their head away, these are all signs of a dog telling a human to “back off”. Looking for and respecting these signs can help a person to avoid being bitten by a dog in many cases, but what happens when a dog bite does occur?

Dogs can show aggression, and they can show aggression quickly. Some dogs may give few signs before turning and biting a human, and it pays to know what to do if a dog bite does occur. The steps one should take after suffering a dog bite include:

• Wash the wound thoroughly – The biggest danger after bite damage when it comes to dog bites is infection, and the first thing a person should do after being bitten is wash the entire site thoroughly. In some instances, like with small dogs, puncture wounds may not be visible, but that doesn’t mean small surface scratches covered in saliva aren’t present. A dog’s mouth is full of bacteria, and dog bites give that bacteria a fast track right to the blood stream.

• Slow bleeding with clean cloth – If the dog bite is bleeding, you’ll then want to slow the bleeding with a clean cloth. Simply apply pressure onto the wound with the cloth.

• Apply an antibiotic cream – After washing the wound and slowing the flow of blood, you’ll then want to apply an over the counter topical antibiotic cream to the area. This will assist in battling potential infection.

• Wrap the wound and see your doctor – After the cream has been applied, you’ll use a clean bandage and wrap the wound to ensure dirt stays out and blood flow is controlled. Once the wound has been wrapped, see a doctor at an urgent care or emergency room facility as quickly as possible to have the wound assessed and properly cleaned. In some instances, the doctor will prescribe a course of antibiotics to ensure infection does not spread.

• Call your personal injury attorney – Dog bite wounds require medical care, and they can lead to ongoing medical care in the event of infection, serious tissue damage, blood loss, or worse. For particularly severe dog bite cases, surgery may be required to reconstruct the site of the bite. Your personal injury attorney will work for you to make sure you get the compensation you need for a full recovery.

After a dog bite, your doctor will take a full assessment to make sure all of your health bases are covered. They’ll want to know if the dog has had their rabies shot, they’ll want to know when your last tetanus shot may have been, and they’ll want to fully inspect the site to make sure you’ll make a full recovery. Dogs and humans have a historically special relationship, but their status as an animal also needs to be respected. If you’ve suffered a dog bite injury, we’re just the team to help. Contact us at today.


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