Have you been bitten by a dog? 3 steps to take immediately after an attack

By Jurassic JennJun 16, 2024 21:39 PMAnimals
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Have you been bitten by a dog?. Source: www.collinslaw.com

No matter how cute and good-natured a dog may look, you should remember that it is an animal, with all the consequences that entails. A dog has teeth, claws, and its reaction and speed are ten times faster than a human's.

SSPDaily writes: "A dog bite is unpleasant and dangerous, so it's important to respond correctly and quickly to ensure the safety of the victim. Here are some steps to take in such a case."

Clean and bandage the wound

After a dog bite, gently but thoroughly wash the wound with soap and water for 5-10 minutes.

Tip: Use a mild soap and avoid harsh cleansers. By cleaning the affected area, you will remove bacteria and significantly reduce the risk of infection.

After cleaning, wrap the wound with a sterile dressing and change it regularly.

Seek medical attention

Regardless of the status of the bite, it is very important to seek medical attention in time.

A doctor should examine the injury to determine the nature of the bite and the extent of damage to muscles, tendons, nerves, or bones.

Follow the prescribed course of treatment

If the dog's health status is unknown or if it has tested positive for rabies, you should promptly administer the rabies vaccine, a series of shots over a two-week period.

Your doctor will also make sure that you get a tetanus shot and advise you on which antibiotics to take for the next 7-14 days.

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