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Tips on Preventing Dog Bites and Exposure to Rabies – Part 1

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

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Heffner the Boxer (Photo credit: jsrcyclist)

Lessons on how to prevent dog bites and exposure to rabies are currently offered in Abilene, Texas, through the planning of animal services manager Aaron Vannoy.  Rabies awareness is critical because the disease can be deadly.  And dog bites are probably more common than many people realize; the majority of bites are caused by a victim’s own pet or one they are familiar with.

How to Prevent Dog Bites

There are many different philosophies on the best way to prevent a dog bite.  One method that makes a lot of sense is to become familiar with a dog’s body language.  The following are signs that a dog may feel threatened or uncomfortable and is more prone to bite than at other times:

  • His tail is stiff
  • The whites of his eyes are visible
  • He is yawning
  • His body is tensed
  • The ears or head are pulled back
  • He is staring intently
  • The dog backs away
  • He flicks his tongue

While it’s a good idea to stay away from a dog that is displaying above-named behaviors, back away as opposed to running because dogs have a natural instinct to give chase.

Other times to stay away from a dog is when he is chewing on a toy, eating, sleeping, or caring for a litter of puppies.

Infants and small children should never be left alone with a dog.  In addition to above tips, children should be taught the following, to avoid dog bites:

  • Never approach an unfamiliar dog.
  • Do not play aggressive games with a dog, such as wrestling.
  • Don’t play with a dog unless an adult is present to supervise.
  • Always allow a dog to see and sniff you before petting it.
  • Always report to an adult if you are bitten by a dog.

For more ideas on the causes of dog bites and information about rabies, see this continuing series.

Are you suffering from an injury as a result of a dog attack? If you or anyone you know needs legal assistance related to a dog bite injury or fatality which occurred in Dallas, De Soto, Irving, Arlington, Fort Worth, Mesquite, Lewisville, Grand Prairie, Plano, or anywhere else in Texas, contact Dallas dog bite lawyer Dean Malone at (214) 670-9989.

–Guest Contributor

 

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In Coryell County, Texas, there is an Abnormally Heavy Outbreak of Rabies

Friday, June 21st, 2013

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Coryell County, Texas, is currently on pace to have its worst season of rabies in more than ten years.  In June there have been three confirmed cases of rabies; two were in Copperas Cove, and one was in Gatesville.

The latest was a raccoon that was killed by a dog.  On Friday the Texas Department of Health confirmed that that the lab tests showed the raccoon was rabid.  The dog had been vaccinated for rabies, but senior animal control officer in Copperas Cove, David Wellington, said the dog was euthanized as a safety measure.

In the 2400 block of Oak Drive in Gatesville, a dead skunk was found on June 3rd.  On Monday, lab results revealed that it was rabid, according to Gatesville animal control officers.  Police Chief Nathan Gohlke of Gatesville said that there were two dogs in the yard where the dead skunk was discovered.  Both dogs are current on their vaccinations and are being confined for 45 days by the owner; 45 days is the state’s mandatory quarantine period.

The other recent rabies case was confirmed on June 3rd; a skunk was captured in Copperas Cove in the 100 block of West Avenue on May 29th.  The Cove police department is seeking information about any animals or people who may have possibly been in contact with the skunk.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, there have been 18 cases of rabies in Coryell County this year, and all but two of them have been skunks.  A Gatesville veterinarian reported one case of horse rabies in April.

If the year continues as it has been, 2013 will surpass the last heavy outbreak of rabies, which was 2002, with 23 confirmed cases.

There were only two confirmed cases of rabies last year in Coryell County, those being a skunk and a raccoon.  In 2011, there were only four cases of rabies in the county – a cat, a goat, and two skunks.

McLennan County is also experiencing a heavy rabies outbreak, with 15 cases.

Rabies is a highly dangerous viral disease which affects the central nervous system and can cause death if an infected person doesn’t get needed post-exposure rabies vaccinations.

Are you suffering from an injury as a result of a dog attack? If you or anyone you know needs legal assistance related to a dog bite injury or fatality which occurred in Gatesville, Coryell County, Dallas, De Soto, Irving, Arlington, Fort Worth, Mesquite, Grand Prairie, Plano, or anywhere else in Texas, contact Dallas dog bite lawyer Dean Malone at (214) 670-9989.

–Guest Contributor

 

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A Skunk is Confirmed to be Infected with Rabies in Abilene, Texas

Monday, April 15th, 2013

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Dog being vaccinated for rabies (Photo credit: WSPAInternational)

The Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed last week that a skunk tested positive for rabies in Abilene, Texas. A dog has been quarantined because it came into contact with the rabid skunk. Residents in the area where the skunk was found are being notified by the City of Abilene. Rabies is a deadly, highly contagious virus; and it’s important to take steps to protect pets, particularly since infected animals can spread the disease to humans.

The rabies virus is a disease which affects the central nervous system. It is transmitted through the bite of an infected animal or through the saliva. The saliva of a rabid animal introduced through a break in the skin or through the eyes, nose, or mouth can spread the disease. If the saliva of a rabid animal contacts unbroken skin, post-exposure vaccinations are not usually required. However, anyone who has been bitten by or in contact with an animal that is even suspected of being rabid should see a physician immediately.

The following are tips to help prevent contracting the rabies virus:

  • Give all dogs and cats over the age of four months a rabies vaccination and then renew the vaccinations every year or every three years, depending on the type of vaccination given.
  • When there are suspected or confirmed cases of rabies among wild animals in the area, keep all pets confined in an enclosure which protects them from contact with wild animals.
  • Keep animals on a leash when out of the secure enclosure at home.
  • If a wild animal exhibits unusual behavior, such as being unafraid of humans, immediately report the location of the animal to animal control.

Are you suffering from an injury as a result of a dog attack? If you or anyone you know needs legal assistance related to a dog bite injury or fatality which occurred in Dallas, De Soto, Irving, Arlington, Fort Worth, Sachse, or anywhere else in Texas, contact Dallas dog bite lawyer Dean Malone at (214) 670-9989.

–Guest Contributor

 

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Central Texas North is Inundated with Bats, Which Carry the Threat of Rabies

Monday, April 1st, 2013

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Bat (Photo credit: Lee Carson)

Animal control specialists in Northeast Texas have been busy earlier in the year than usual helping people deal with bat problems. The experts say Mexican free-tailed bats migrate south for the winter but this winter has been warmer than normal. Bats may have stayed longer in the area because of the mild winter. In the Longview, Texas, area in particular, bats have been making their homes in many buildings where they aren’t welcome; and the winged mammals are a concern, since they carry rabies and can cause other problems.

Exterminators and animal control officers have been called to many properties in Longview because of bats. Several hundred bats were infiltrating Kilgore College in Longview; and at another location, thousands of bats were living in a wall. Apparently, the area is a flight path for bats.

Two people have reported being bitten by bats in the area; and animal control departments have received about 25 calls about bats since January. According to Buck Farrar, head of the city’s environmental health department, a woman was bitten at a Longview store by a bat that had been in a cinder block. Another woman was bitten in a residence near downtown Longview; in this case, she tried to pick up the bat, thinking it was a bird. These are the normal ways in which bats usually bite – when they are disturbed in some way or someone tries to pick them up.

People are asked not to touch the bats but to call animal control.

It’s getting close to the time when female bats deliver their young, and they are trying to get settled and ready for their pups. Strategies for avoiding bats in the building include:

  • Set up flood lights in your attic, which will dispel the darkness bats seek;
  • Spread an abundant supply of mothballs in the attic; and
  • Make sure your home or building is properly sealed, so that the bats can’t find access.

Another approach to extermination is to place netting over the entrances to a building after the bats leave their roosts, around dusk every day. Bat houses can be installed away from public area, as well.

There’s is the usual concern that dogs which stay in the backyard at night will be exposed to rabies. It’s always important for dogs to have rabies vaccinations, but especially when the threat of rabies is heightened.

Are you suffering from an injury as a result of a dog attack? If you or anyone you know needs legal assistance related to a dog bite injury or fatality which occurred in Dallas, De Soto, Irving, Grapevine, Fort Worth, Sachse, or anywhere else in Texas, contact Dallas dog bite lawyer Dean Malone at (214) 670-9989.

–Guest Contributor

 

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A 9-year-old is Viciously Attacked by a Neighbor’s Dog in Rusk County, Texas

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

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Nine-year-old Julio Hernandez was seriously injured in a dog attack this week as he was playing ball with other children in his family’s yard just outside of the City of Henderson, Texas, on Deer Trail Road in Rusk County. The boy, who suffered severe bite wounds on his face, was transported to a hospital in Dallas where he was admitted for treatment.

Juana, the bite victim’s mother, said her son was picking up a ball when the dog bit his face.

According to Joe Sorrells, Rusk County Justice of the Peace Precinct 5, Julio was retrieving a ball which had gone into the street when the attack occurred. Authorities know who owns the dog but have not disclosed that information. Sorrells said the dog’s owner lived on a different street, and it’s unknown why the dog was loose. It was verified, however, that the dog which attacked Julio did not have a rabies tag or any type of identification verifying that he had a rabies vaccination.

There was a court hearing, and Judge Sorrells decided that the dog would be destroyed for rabies testing.

Julio has been released from the hospital and is at home, but it will take time for his wounds to heal. There is always a risk of infection from a dog bite, and there is the possibility that the attack will leave behind facial scars.

If it is verified that the dog was not up-to-date on his rabies vaccination, criminal charges against the owner could be filed.

–Guest Contributor

 

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Are You at Risk for Serious Health Problems Resulting from a Dog Bite? – Part 2

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

English: 9 Week Old Dog

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Following a dog bite or scratch which breaks the skin, the risk of infection can be reduced by taking preventative measures. Basic steps for the prevention of infection follow:

  • Thoroughly wash the wound and surrounding area with an antibacterial cleanser and rinse under warm running water for several minutes. The water can usually wash away any viruses or parasites which are immune to the antibacterial agents in the soap.
  • Cover the wounds with over-the-counter antibiotic ointment.
  • Cover the wounds with sterile bandages, which should be changed twice daily. Signs of infection to look for when changing the bandages include: Swelling, pus, redness, and heat.
  • The antibiotic ointment should be reapplied when the bandage is changed if there are no signs of infection.
  • See a physician is there are signs of infection.  The types of pathogens which can cause infection include rabies and tetanus.

The dog which inflicts the bites should be quarantined and checked for rabies. Post-exposure shots should be taken if the dog is rabies-infected and if the dog is unavailable for rabies testing.

Be sure to read Part 1 of this series for information on who is most at risk for serious health issues following a dog bite.

Are you suffering from an injury as a result of a dog attack? If you or anyone you know needs legal assistance related to a dog bite injury or fatality which occurred in Dallas, Irving, Mesquite, De Soto, Frisco, or anywhere else in Texas, contact Texas dog bite lawyer Dean Malone at (214) 670-9989.

–Guest Contributor

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What to do if you Encounter a Stray Dog in Texas – Part 3

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

The above picture depicts stray dogs at Vrilissia.

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If you are one of the rare individuals who cannot pass a stray dog without stopping to try and bring him to safety, the following are some tips for trying to restrain the animal.  It’s important to be aware that approaching and trying to capture a frightened and possibly injured or diseased dog can potentially lead to your being bitten and/or scratched.

Be sure to read Part 1 and Part 2 of this series for more tips about what to do if you encounter a stray dog.

After you have called animal control or an animal rescue group, try to keep the dog in the area.  Use a pet carrier, piece of cloth, or a long rope to create a barrier.  If the dog is still on the road, injured, safely divert traffic, if possible.  Try to signal to oncoming vehicles to reduce their speed.

Keep in mind that even very small dogs can attack and inflict painful bite wounds.  If a stray dog injures you, it is necessary to either have the dog quarantined for rabies or to go ahead and received a series of rabies vaccinations.  Untreated, the rabies virus is deadly.

Speak calmly and reassuringly to the dog as you approach.  Stay within his line of vision at all times, but don’t look directly in his eyes, which dogs perceive as an act of aggression.  Open a can of strong-smelling food, and try to lure the dog into your car.  If he enters the car, close the door and wait for help to arrive.

Unless you can lure the dog into a pet crate, it’s dangerous to attempt to drive with a strange, unrestrained dog in your vehicle.  He could become frightened and aggressive once you enter the car with him.

If you are unable to restrain the dog, try to keep an eye on him until help arrives.  Be prepared to give specific directions about the dog’s whereabouts, such as a mile marker or the names of the streets in the nearest intersection.

Check out the final segment in this series for information about what to do with the dog once he is captured.

Are you suffering from an injury as a result of a dog bite?  If you or anyone you know needs legal assistance related to a dog bite injury or fatality which occurred in Dallas, Houston, Austin, Abilene, Corpus Christi or anywhere else in Texas, contact Texas dog bite lawyer Dean Malone at (866) 670-9989.

–Guest Contributor

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What to do if you Encounter a Stray Dog in Texas – Part 1

Friday, December 21st, 2012

English: Stray dogs in Chisinau (Moldova), nea...

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Eighteen-year-old Tara Gamino of Corpus Christi, Texas, was avoiding a stray dog that looked dangerous when she was suddenly attacked by another stray dog. The dog bit her on the calf. She says that she yanked her leg away from the dog and then walked to the nurse’s office at Solomon Coles High School. She learned that she had three puncture wounds in her calf. Gamino is relieved to know that at least the dog that bit her has since been caught.

Gamino received further medical care and was told by doctors that she would be okay, but she did receive rabies shots.

Corpus Christi Animal Control finally caught the stray dog that bit Gamino. The dog is being held in quarantine for observation, which is standard procedure when a dog bites. If the dog’s owner doesn’t claim him within the 10-day quarantine period, he will be euthanized.

Obviously, stray dogs can be a hazard because they can become infected with rabies, they can become aggressive, and they can attack people or other animals. Stray dogs aren’t just a problem in Corpus Christi. Just about every major city in Texas is dealing with an overabundance of stray dogs.

If you are like the majority of people in Texas, you have a soft spot for dogs. When you see a dog in distress, it’s only natural to want to do something to help. There are, in fact, many people who make it a priority to devote themselves to rescuing animals. But there are hazards involved with rescuing stray dogs.

See the next part of this continuing series for information about actions to take when you see a stray dog.

–Guest Contributor

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People in Texas Who Should Not Own a Dog – Part 1

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

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Dogs are pets that require a great deal of training and care. The primary reason dogs bite is because of some type of failure on the part of the owner. Not just for the sake of the dog but also for the safety of the community, some people in Texas should not own a dog.

Unwilling to spend money on the dog.
Sometimes people have the idea that dogs shouldn’t cost anything more than the price of food. They aren’t willing to pay for essential vaccinations, needed veterinary care, a dog crate, or maybe even a collar. These misers may not even invest in a flea collar when the dog is infested with fleas.

A dog in a situation like this likely won’t receive proper care if the owner leaves for an extended time, since shelters cost money.

The reality is that dogs need the care and items mentioned above. Anyone who is unwilling to provide for a dog’s needs if cost is involved isn’t a responsible dog owner.

Allows the dog to stray
Dog owners that allow their dogs to run loose are endangering the dog and possibly neighbors. An unsupervised dog can run in front of cars and get killed or cause a car accident which kills a motorist. If the dog is aggressive, someone, particularly children, could be bitten. Besides the harm done to the victim, the dog’s owner could be sued or criminally charged and sent to prison.

If a dog that hasn’t been vaccinated runs loose, the dangers are even graver. Unknown to the dog’s owner, the dog could be exposed to rabies, whether from a wild animal or another dog. Rabies is deadly, and anyone who doesn’t receive post-exposure vaccinations has virtually a 100% chance of dying.

Is it possible that you or someone you know shouldn’t be a dog owner? Read our continuing series about people who should not own a dog, to learn more.

Are you suffering from an injury as a result of a dog attack? If you or anyone you know needs legal assistance related to a dog bite injury or fatality which occurred in Dallas or anywhere else in Texas, contact Dallas dog bite lawyer Dean Malone at (214) 670-9989.

–By Guest Contributor

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What to do if You are Bitten by a Dog in Texas – Part 3

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

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Rabies (Photo credit: michaelhenley)

See Part 1 and Part 2 of this three-part series on what to do if you are bitten by a dog for information about the damage a dog bite can do and how to treat wounds immediately after a dog attack.

Anytime someone is bitten by a dog or another animal, the possibility of contracting the deadly rabies virus should not be ignored, since it could be a matter of life and death.

If at all possible, the dog that bit you should be located and placed in quarantine. What will happen is that qualified personnel will observe the dog closely over a period of 10 days and determine whether the animal exhibits any signs of rabies. If the dog is confirmed to have rabies, the dog attack victim should begin the round of post-exposure rabies shots immediately.

If the dog isn’t located, rabies therapy should begin without delay. If a person shows symptoms of rabies before getting shots, it’s too late and the person will die, with almost 100% certainty.

Post-exposure rabies vaccinations consist of one dose of human rabies immune globulin and one dose of the rabies vaccine on day one and then three more doses of the rabies vaccine, which are given on days 3, 7, and 14. In former times, rabies shots were administered through the stomach, which was a far more painful experience. But now the rabies vaccination is usually given in a muscle in the upper arm.

In the event that a person has previously had either pre-exposure or post-exposure rabies vaccinations, another shot of human rabies immune globulin is unnecessary. All that is needed is to have one dose of the rabies vaccine on day one and another three days later.

For rabies treatment, you can visit your doctor or the local health department.

Are you suffering from an injury as a result of a dog bite? If you or anyone you know needs legal assistance related to a dog bite injury or fatality which occurred in Wichita Falls, Carthage, Seguin, Snyder or anywhere else in Texas, contact Texas dog bite lawyer Dean Malone at (866) 670-9989.

–By Guest Contributor

 

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