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

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

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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.

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

Friday, December 21st, 2012

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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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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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No Rabies Vaccination Records Found for the Dogs that Attacked Two Children in Fort Worth, Texas

Friday, October 19th, 2012

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Two children were recently attacked by Rottweilers on the way home from school in Fort Worth, Texas; and their terrible ordeal may get worse. The owner of the dogs involved did not produce vaccination records. Fort Worth Animal Control euthanized the dogs last weekend, and they have been sent to a state laboratory for rabies testing. Of course, if either of the dogs was infected with the deadly rabies virus, the children will be subjected to rabies shots.

Seven-year-old Mercedes Garcia suffered puncture wounds to her arm and bites to her head. Her scalp required 40 staples to repair the damage resulting from the dog attack.

The other victim, an 8-year-old boy, was also bitten on his head. His injuries were less severe, but 10 staples were required to repair the damage.

Diane Covey, spokesperson for Fort Worth Animal Control, says that results from the rabies test are expected no later than today.

Rabies vaccinations are administered in four doses. One dose is given as soon as the need for shots is known. Then additional shots are given on the 3rd, 7th, and 14th days. With just the first dose of the rabies vaccination, a dose of Rabies Immune Globulin is also required.

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 Fort Worth or anywhere in Texas, contact Texas dog bite lawyer Dean Malone at (214) 670-9989.

–Guest Contributor

 

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Wichita Falls Dog Injury Lawyer: Two Rabid Skunks are Discovered Near Wichita Falls, Texas

Friday, October 5th, 2012

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On the southwest and southeast sides of Wichita Falls, Texas, two skunks have tested positive for rabies.  All residents and pet owners are encouraged by Wichita Falls’ Animal Services Center to become acquainted with the specifics of the disease and steps for rabies prevention.

A press release about the rabid skunks also says that pets and children need to be watched closely when they’re outside to be sure they don’t touch or have any kind of contact with wild animals.  If a wild animal should stray onto your property, move pets, children, and anyone else in the vicinity indoors; allow the animal to wander away.

Exposure to living or dead raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes, and coyotes – as well as other wild animals – should be avoided because they could be carrying disease.

Wichita Falls Animal Services asks anyone who sees a wild or domestic animal during the day which appears sick, fearless, or aggressive to contact Animal Control immediately.  An animal’s head must be intact in order to test it for rabies; do not attempt to shoot or capture an animal that you suspect may be diseased.  Rabies is transmitted through the animal’s saliva, not only through a bite but also through a skin abrasion and through the eyes, nose, and mouth.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives the following advice for rabies prevention.

  • Keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for dogs, cats, and ferrets.
  • Keep your pets under your direct supervision when out-of-doors.
  • If you see any stray animals, contact local animal control; one way disease is spread is through ill or unvaccinated animals.

Although rabies in humans is 100% preventable, one person in the world dies from rabies every ten minutes – this occurs mostly in Asia and Africa.  Globally, the biggest cause of rabies in humans is from uncontrolled rabies among dogs.  Children are most at risk for rabies since they are more likely than adults to be bitten by dogs, particularly since children more frequently suffer multiple bites on sites of the body which are high risk.

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 or anywhere in Texas, contact Texas dog bite lawyer Dean Malone at (866) 670-9989.

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Odessa Dog Bite Lawyer: A Woman in Odessa, Texas, Struggles to Get the Needed Rabies Vaccine

Friday, October 5th, 2012

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Bonne Anthony was viciously attacked by a pit-bull type dog and suffers painful injuries, but that wasn’t the scariest part of her ordeal. Since the attacking dog ran off and hasn’t been located, she needs rabies shots. If the dog was infected with the rabies virus and if Anthony doesn’t get the vaccine, she has virtually a 100% chance of dying. And yet it took about two weeks before the needed vaccine was made available to her.

Anthony’s terrible experience began on September 18th. She was taking out the trash that morning and saw that an emaciated stray dog was headed for the trash. Anthony tossed some dog food to the stray, and the dog surprised her by attacking her. Following the violent incident, Anthony’s medical treatment included staples in the back of her head and a dozen stitches on her face.

Animal Control Services advised Anthony to get rabies shots, since the dog hasn’t been captured in order to be quarantined and observed for signs of rabies. According to Anthony, she got the run-around after contacting several area health departments. The Ector County Health Department did verify to other sources that there were no rabies vaccinations in supply. They said the vaccine is supplied by the Midland Office, and they didn’t have a supply. The Midland Office didn’t make themselves available for comment on the issue.

Thankfully, within an hour of receiving the above-mentioned news, Anthony was contacted by the health department and told that she could pick up the vaccine this week.

Anthony claims that it took two weeks to get the rabies vaccine and that in the meantime she lost sleep and lost her appetite. She hopes that no one else ever has to go through a similar experience.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services office in Austin, the best way to receive the rabies vaccination if you have insurance is from your doctor. If you don’t have insurance, contact a 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 Odessa or anywhere in Texas, contact Texas dog bite lawyer Dean Malone at (866) 670-9989.

–Guest Contributor

 

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World Rabies Day 2012 Raises Rabies Awareness in Texas

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

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September 28, 2012, is World Rabies Day. It’s a time when awareness is raised in Texas and throughout the world about how to prevent the deadly rabies virus. Among other initiatives, information is made available which equips teachers and parents to teach about rabies to children of every age.

Quick facts about rabies:

  • Worldwide, 55,000 people die from rabies annually, which is a rate of approximately one person every 10 minutes.
  • Rabies in humans is 100% preventable.
  • In most instances, humans contract rabies from dogs.

About 150 countries have participated in World Rabies Day events, and since the first such event in 2006, over 7.7 million dogs have been vaccinated against the rabies virus.

What exactly is rabies? It’s a viral disease which is transmitted through the saliva of rabid animals (mammals specifically). All mammals can potentially spread the rabies virus to humans. A person does not have to be bitten to contract the virus; the disease can be spread through the saliva of a rabid animal (dead or alive) if the saliva enters through an opening in the skin or through the eyes or mouth.

People usually contract rabies from dog bites but can also be infected by raccoons, mongooses, skunks, bats, and ferrets.

Rabies can be undetected for a period of time ranging from several days to 90 days. It takes time for the virus to multiply and travel through the spinal cord to the brain. Once symptoms begin, rabies progresses very rapidly; and animals also die 100% of the time.

Some signs that an animal may be infected with rabies include:

  • Lack of appetite
  • Won’t drink anything
  • Biting with the slightest provocation
  • Drowsiness
  • Paralysis

Early symptoms of rabies in a human are similar to flu symptoms: a slight headache, feeling weak and feverish. The disease progresses to spasms, acute pain, uncontrolled excitement, depression, and fear of water. In the final stages of rabies, a person exhibits mania, is exhausted, goes into a coma, and dies.

Prevention of rabies begins with pet owners being careful to keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date.

Wild animals can expose you, your family, and your pets to disease. Do not touch wild animals, especially if they seem tame and don’t run away because this is unusual behavior common to rabid animals.

Garbage and empty pet food bowls should not be accessible to wild animals.

Take measures to bat-proof your home.

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 Plano, Henderson, Temple, San Angelo, or anywhere in Texas, contact Texas dog bite lawyer Dean Malone at (866) 670-9989.

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Abilene Dog Bite Lawyer: A Dog in Abilene, Texas, is Exposed to Rabies from a Skunk

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

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Abilene Animal Services Division released a statement on Wednesday that in south Abilene a skunk tested positive for rabies. As far as animal services is aware, there has been no human contact with the rabid skunk. However, a dog is known to have been in contact with the animal and is in a 45-day quarantine. According to the statement, the quarantine is required by state law and is a precautionary measure.

Abilene Animal Services Manager, Aaron Vannoy, has not yet been available to discuss the situation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information about the deadly rabies virus at www.cdc.gov/rabies.

The following tips are offered for anyone who is concerned about contracting the rabies virus either directly from a wild animal or through their pets:

• All dogs and cats that are four months old or older must be vaccinated for rabies.
• Keep pets confined on a leash or in a secure enclosure at all times.
• If any wild animals are seen exhibiting strange behavior, report it to the CDC and/or Abilene Animal Services.
• Do not get near wildlife or interact with them.

The rabies virus is spread through the infected animal’s saliva, whether the animal is dead or alive. The way people contract the virus is usually by being bitten by a rabid animal. But just by coming into contact with the saliva can spread the infection, if the saliva gets into an opening in the skin or into the mouth, nose, or eyes.

It is not possible to become infected with rabies merely by touching the urine, feces, blood, or urine of a rabid animal or by petting the animal.

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 Abilene or anywhere in Texas, contact Texas dog bite lawyer Dean Malone at (866) 670-9989.

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