Are all dog bites serious?
A dog bite can be serious no matter the size, age, type, or breed of the dog. There can be many reasons why a dog bites.
Why do dogs bite?
Dogs have close relationships with humans. Dogs feel emotions much like humans and these emotions can be positive or negative. Dogs can bite because of anxiety, pain, stress, or when protecting their owner. Dog bites can lead to extensive damage regardless of the cause.
How is a dog bite to the hand or face cared for?
A dog bite is cared for with a number of steps including cleansing, antibiotic treatments, repair of damage to deeper structures, and removal of damaged or dead tissue. Preventing swelling is essential to allow proper wound healing. Vaccinations, involvement of animal control, and imaging (such as X-rays) are also critical after a bite.
Cleaning the wound can be as simple as washing or can involve surgical removal of dead tissues or removal of foreign bodies from the wound.
Vaccinations against serious illnesses are critical as a dog bite needs preventive measures to avoid tetanus and rabies.
Specialists and Emergency care
Getting prompt emergency care is important as receiving antibiotics as soon as possible can prevent serious infection.
Animal control after a bite
Calling Animal Control especially if the dog is unknown to the person who is bitten is critical. Animal control helps to prevent future bites, protects the community, determines the dog’s vaccination status, and helps identify the dog or animal. Although rabies is very rare it can be potentially fatal and should be taken seriously. Monitoring or examining the animal can be critical in determining the rabies risk.