Treating your dog bite injury

Monday August 5, 2019

When a Connecticut resident is attacked by a dog, the bite injuries can raise many health concerns. Regardless of the severity of the attack, there are certain steps to take in order to ensure that the damage is not lasting and has a relatively small impact on a victim’s overall health.

Healthline takes a look at how to treat dog bites in the aftermath of an attack. They mention some points of key importance regarding the dog, including asking about its vaccination history. Unfortunately, if a dog has not been vaccinated properly, it can increase a victim’s risk of developing more complications. Additionally, if a dog cannot be proven to be free of rabies – such as if it is a stray dog – then rabies testing must be performed on the dog. The victim will likely need to be tested and given a rabies vaccine as well.

Mayo Clinic discusses the steps to take for first aid treatment of bite wounds. This can be done before going to the hospital. It includes washing out the wound with warm, soapy water. Pressure should be applied if the blood flow needs to be stopped. Antibiotic ointment can be applied to reduce the chances of getting an infection. Finally, dress the wounds in clean bandages.

Regardless of how severe the injury seems, a person should still go to the doctor to get it checked out and treated professionally. Having this record can also help if they decide to pursue damages for the injuries inflicted.

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