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This website is maintained by the Law Offices of Dean Malone, P.C., a Dallas, Texas law firm representing people across Texas for dog bite injury cases. We have attempted to provide useful information for those harmed by animal attacks.

Treatment for Dog Bite Injuries

Thursday, August 4th, 2011
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Three-day-old dog bite -- Image via Wikipedia

A teenager was recently hiking along a trail when a leashed dog bit him.  The owner left with the dog without providing any contact information, and now the boy will need to undergo rabies shots if the woman doesn’t come forward to verify that the canine was immunized against rabies.

What should you do in the event that you suffer a dog bite?

In the vast majority of cases, dog bites aren’t fatal.  But statistics show that about one in five dog bite injuries require medical attention, which may include a visit to the emergency room.

Teach your children that if they’re bitten by a dog, they should immediately tell an adult and get medical attention.

If the dog bite injury is bleeding, apply pressure to the wound.  Keep the wound elevated, and clean the affected area with running water.

If the attack is severe, if the bite was near the face, or if the victim is bleeding extensively, call 9-1-1.

For dog bites which leave only abrasions, it may be reasonable to wait and seek medical care only if signs of infection develop, such as continued pain, redness, swelling, warmth, and/or drainage of fluids.

You may need a tetanus shot as part of your treatment for a dog bite, depending on how long since your last tetanus.

Fortunately, most dog owners get their pets vaccinated against rabies.  But if you don’t know whether the dog which inflicted the injury has had rabies shots, contact the local health department or animal control.

Anyone who suffers a dog bite and can’t determine whether or not the pooch had rabies shots must undergo treatment for rabies.  Untreated cases of rabies always result in death.

–Guest Contributor

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