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How To Treat a Dog Bite to Avoid Illness


How To Treat a Dog Bite to Avoid Illness

If a dog bites you then to prevent from the bacterial infection you must tend to the injury right away. The utmost thing is to know about the severity of the wound. Firstly, you must aid yourself on immediate basis. After that you must go to immediate medical treatment. Moreover, it’s painful to the core when a dog bites you, regardless of the dog is yours or someone else. And in that time of emergency, you must consider the call rather drive yourself to the doctor.

Continue reading to find out what you should do after a dog bite and how to avoid illness:

However, treating a dog bite should always begin with the victim’s, the rescuer’s, and, if feasible, the dog’s safety. Remove the dog from the person who was bitten. Contact animal control or the police if you are unable to manage the dog and it continues to pose a threat.

To administer first aid after a dog bite, follow these steps:

  1. Stop the Bleeding: Using a clean towel or cloth, apply direct pressure to halt the bleeding. While not every dog bite bleeds, serious bites can bleed profusely.
  2. Put on Gloves: As a precaution, put on sterile gloves before touching the dog bite. If you don’t have gloves, properly wash your hands with soap and water.
  3. Treat the Area: Whether the skin was damaged or not, treat the area with soap and warm water. Run water over the wound for about five minutes to remove debris and bacteria. Then, rinse gently for about three minutes with gentle soap and water to eliminate all soap.
  4. Cover the Bite: Cover the bite with a clean, dry dressing. It is optional to apply antibiotic ointment to the wound before covering it.

The type of treatment you receive is determined by the severity of your injury.

Every dog bite that breaches the skin necessitates medical attention. It varies according to the severity:

  • Your personal doctor or nurse practitioner
  • A walk-in clinic
  • Responding paramedics
  • The local emergency department

If dog bites are not thoroughly cleaned, they pose a high risk of infection.

  • Clean the wound;
  • Evaluate the bite;
  • Assess the harm done; and
  • Explain your treatment choices.

Some bites do not necessitate extra appointments, while others necessitate regular checkups until they heal or you receive additional treatment. Following a dog bite, you may have lifelong impairments or require plastic surgery.

What Our Team Can Do for You

We will research the dog bite occurrence, collect evidence, and develop a strong case on your side to recover a settlement. Based on New York’s severe dog bite regulations, we can seek compensation through an out-of-court settlement or a personal injury lawsuit.

Your personal injury lawyer will collect all available information to support your claim and investigate the bite to determine fault and liability. They will place a monetary value to all of your accident-related damages and negotiate a reasonable settlement with the insurance company.

Justin William, Esq.

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