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How to Treat a Dog Bite

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Treating Minor Bites:-

Examine the bite-The majority of dog bites will be minor wounds you can treat at home.

Wash the bite thoroughly with soap and water-Spend several minutes washing the bite with plenty of soap and water at a comfortable temperature. This helps clean the wound of any germs around your wound or that came from the dog’s mouth.

Apply pressure if the wound is bleeding-Use a clean towel or gauze to apply pressure to the bite if it is still bleeding after washing it. The bleeding should stop or slow enough to bandage the wound within several minutes.

Apply an antibiotic ointment-Antibiotic cream such as Neosporin or Bacitracin can also help prevent infections as the wound heals. Apply the cream to the wound as directed on the packaging.

Bandage the bite-As soon as you apply the antibiotic ointment, bandage or dress the wound appropriately. Apply with enough pressure to help protect the injury, but do not apply with so much pressure as to affect circulation or lead to discomfort.

Change the bandage as necessary-You should change the bandage on the bite each time you soil it, such as when showering. Wash the bite again gently, reapply the antibiotic cream, and apply a fresh bandage.

Update your immunizations-Tetanus is potential infections that can stem from any dog bite that breaks the skin. Medical professionals recommend a tetanus booster after a dog bite if your last immunization was five or more years ago.

Keep an eye on the bite-Watch for signs of other infection as the bite heals. If you think the bite is becoming infected, then see a doctor immediately. Signs that an infection might be developing in the bite worsening pain, swelling, redness or warmth around the bite, fever, pus-like discharge.

 

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Treating a Severe Dog Bite:-

Examine the bite-Severe bites will have one or more deep puncture wounds from the dog’s teeth that may or may not have severe tearing of the tissue that followed the puncture(s).

Apply pressure to the bite-Before heading to the doctor; use a clean towel to apply pressure to the bite to slow the bleeding as much as possible. Keep the bite covered with pressure applied until you see a doctor.

 

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