You never know when an incident like a dog bite will take place. You can hope that you’ll never be attacked by a dog, but the truth is that some dogs are aggressive and will attack people.
Bites are a serious issue, and you need immediate medical attention. Even if you only have a puncture wound that seems fine, it could become infected. Treatment is essential due to bacteria and the risk of disease, not just because of the physical damage caused.
Get treatment for these damaging wounds
Did you know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that there are around 4.5 million dog bites that occur annually? Over a million of those bites result in hospital visits.
What makes dog bites so dangerous?
The shape of the dogs’ teeth is one issue. Dogs have rounded teeth, so the bite itself penetrates as a result of the pressure from their jaws. This crushing pressure combined with the dogs’ teeth can lead to damage to tissues, blood vessels, tendons, muscles, bones and nerves. On top of that, the puncture-like wounds can trap bacteria, which then allows infection to set in.
How are dog bites treated?
To start with, there are a few questions. Is the dog available, and do you have the history of its vaccines? If not, you may need inoculations. Where is the bite? Certain areas may need more intensive treatments than others. Your medical history also plays a role in how the wound has to be treated.
Our website has more on dog bites and what you should do if you’ve suffered a personal injury due to an aggressive animal.