A dog may be man’s best friend, but it is still an animal. It is possible for even the friendliest dog to snap and bite in the right circumstances. Understanding what to do in the aftermath of a dog bite can save you serious injury and infection.
Keeping infection at bay is the number one concern with dog bites. In order to prevent a bite from turning into an infection, make sure to clean the wound and seek medical care immediately.
What is the best way to bandage a dog bite wound?
First, run warm tap water over the wound for 5 to 10 minutes. Use a mild soap to clean the wound. If the wound is bleeding, you can slow the blood flow by applying a clean cloth and pressure. If you happen to have any over-the-counter antibiotic cream, apply it after you have fully rinsed out and washed the wound. Once your wound is clean, wrap the wound in a clean bandage.
What should I know before seeing a doctor?
See a doctor immediately if at all possible. If it is not possible to see a doctor the same day the dog bit you, you will want to ensure that you change the bandage several times a day to keep your wound clean.
The doctor is going to want to know as much as possible about the dog that bit you. In the event that your wound develops an infection, the doctor will prescribe you antibiotics. It is also possible that you will need a tetanus shot if you are not up to date. In the aftermath, speaking with a legal expert can help you determine if you have a case against the dog’s owner.