How to Treat a Dog Bite

Dogs and humans are common companions. Dog owners have a responsibility to make sure their pets do not bite or otherwise harm others, but unfortunately, many owners fail in this regard. In the event of a dog bite, there are several steps that can be taken to minimize damage to the victim:

  1. Secure the victim. Move the dog and the victim away from each other and instruct the victim to sit or lay down in a safe location.
  2. Wear protective equipment to protect yourself from any infection the dog may have transmitted to the victim.
  3. Stop the bleeding. Use a tourniquet only as a last resort, if the bleeding cannot be controlled any other way.
  4. Clean the wound, and make sure to clean inside the wound. After you are done, make sure that all of the soap is rinsed away or it will cause irritation later.
  5. Dress the wound. Apply an antibiotic and bandage. Watch for any swelling.
  6. Contact a doctor. Some dog bite injuries need antibiotics. If the dog is unidentified, or if the owner is unable to provide proof of a rabies vaccination you will have to visit a physician for a rabies test. Rabies is always fatal to humans if not treated.
  7. The wound may require stitches. Ask your physician.

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If you or someone you know suffered a dog bite injury because of a negligent pet owner, the New Braunfels injury attorneys at the Burch Law Firm may be able to help you seek compensation. To speak with an attorney, call us today at 830-629-0955.