Dogs are a man’s best friend and they’re one of the most popular pets in the entire world. They make great companions, working dogs, protectors and in most cases, wonderful additions to the family.
Sadly, despite our love of dogs and their often docile nature, thousands of people fall victim to dog bites and attacks every single year. Whether the dog was provoked, or attacked for no apparent reason, being assaulted and bitten by a dog is a terrifying experience, no matter how old you are. Many people hire a personal injury lawyer at this stage, however, there are other steps that you should take in the immediate aftermath of a dog bite, to ensure that you remain healthy, to minimize the risk of infection and to reduce the chances of the attack happening again.
Read on for 4 steps to take after you’ve been bitten by a dog.
Move away from the dog
If possible, get away from the dog in question and remove yourself from the situation. Ensure that the dog is then restrained or kept away from you and others. This will help reduce the risk of the dog attacking someone else.
Speak with the owner
If the dogs’ owner is nearby, then you need to ask them about their dog’s vaccination history, or more specifically, if they’ve been vaccinated against rabies. You also need to get their contact details so the matter can be pursued further after you’ve sought medical treatment. If the dog is currently unsupervised then ask any passers-by for help in identifying it. Take photographs if possible.
Take care of the bite
If the bite has only left a superficial mark then wash it with warm water and an antibacterial wash. If your skin has been punctured then wash the wound and apply a small amount of pressure to flush out any germs that may be in the injury. Apply antibacterial wash and then wrap with a bandage. If there is profuse bleeding, try to stem the flow and seek medical help.
Look for signs of infection
Keep an eye out for the following signs of an infected dog bite:
- Red skin
- Hot/warm to the touch
- You develop a fever or a raised temperature
Dog’s have a huge amount of bacteria in their mouths, some of which can be incredibly harmful to humans. If you’re concerned about your injury, then seek medical assistance.