Dog Bite First Aid

It is said that they are man’s best friend, but dogs are still animals that can cause severe injuries once they attack. With a biting force of 420 pounds of pressure on average, they can inflict serious injuries such as puncture wounds, avulsions, lacerations and others. Being attacked by a dog can also cause trauma to the victims, and considering that the majority of the victims are mostly boys between the ages of 5-9 years old, dog bites is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. When these types of attacks happen, it’s important that the owner is held responsible. He or she should’ve trained the dog better, always having the safety of others in mind.

Children are more open to dog attacks because of their small stature and lack of awareness to danger. Generally, they are attacked in the neck and head because it is an easy place for the dog to reach, and often these injuries can be fatal if not treated quickly or properly. Once a dog feels threatened or has been disturbed, it will attack even its own owners.

Dogs were actually bred to be man’s companion – to help in the hunting, herding, and guarding of human’s possessions. However, lately people have been breeding them to fight, and thus they have been more aggressive. Every year about 4 million Americans suffer from dog bites, and 1 in every 5 people bitten require serious medical attention. In cases where you have been bitten by a dog, here are some things to do:

  • Makes sure to cover the bitten area with a clean towel or sheet of cloth so that the bleeding will stop
  • Keep the bitten area elevated
  • Using soap and water, carefully wash the bitten area
  • Put a sterile bandage over the bitten area
  • Make sure to apply antibiotic to the wound everyday to ward of infections

Dogs, especially those being kept as pets, are usually inoculated against rabies. However, being bitten may still require immunization, if not for rabies, then for tetanus. Dog bites can also cause zoonotic diseases, cases where animal diseases transmit to humans. Go to the doctor to ensure how serious the injury is. Make sure every injury is addressed, even the trauma that the dog bite has caused.

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