Just because dogs are man’s best friend, doesn’t mean they are always perfectly behaved. Unfortunately, some dogs bite. Dog bites range in seriousness; they can be a puppy in the teething stage, a dog playfully nipping at your pant leg, or a dog you don’t know that bites you while you’re out on the streets.
If after being bitten by a dog you get an abrasion, simply run water over it and use hydrogen peroxide to clean the wound. Use an antibiotic ointment and cover it with a bandage to keep it clean.
If the wound is more severe, like a puncture wound, assess your situation. If you are bleeding excessively, especially from a wound in your head or neck, call 911. Otherwise, some bleeding will help to clean the wound. If after five minutes the bleeding hasn’t slowed, apply more pressure and wait a few more minutes before checking with a doctor. If the bleeding has slowed or stopped, rinse under running water and wash with some mild soap for five minutes.
If the bite is worse than a puncture wound, you need to seek medical attention immediately to avoid infection and to get the best chance at a full recovery.
Bites from puppies aren’t serious. Just like teething babies, they bite when something is in their mouth. Try not to overreact, and try to correct the behavior before the bite happens.
A bite from your older dog may be a sign that the dog is in pain or injured, and it is a good idea to take a trip to the vet. If your dog seems territorial and bites you, it may be time for an obedience refresher course.
If you are bitten by a stranger’s dog, try to locate the owner. You’ll want to confirm that the dog has had its rabies shots and exchange contact information. You may also want to contact the police so they can follow up with the situation. If there were witnesses or neighbors who saw the attack, you’ll want to get their account as well. It may come in handy later…
Whether your dog bite is a puncture wound or worse, you may be left in a lot of pain with a long recovery ahead of you. In these situations, it is a good idea to contact an attorney who has experience with dog bites.
After being bitten by a dog, you may be wondering what to do next or whether or not you have a strong case. That’s where Cockayne Law can help. They offer a free consultation where your attorney will review your case and help to establish who has liability of the dog, whether or not this dog was known as a dangerous one, and what can be done to help you get your life back on track.
Cockayne Law fights for those who need it most. If you’ve recently been bitten by a dog and are suffering physically or emotionally, they can help. With a free consultation, you have nothing to lose.