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What to do if you are bitten by a dog

| Jul 13, 2021 | Attacks by Dogs and Other Animals |

Many people consider their dogs to be man’s best friend, but what happens when you or a family member experience a dog bite through no fault of your own? Not only can this result in physical injury, but it may also cause long-lasting emotional or psychological effects.

If you find yourself on the receiving end of a dog attack, there are a few things you should do to ensure that you do not have to deal with lingering health concerns as well as monetary losses due to medical bills.

Clean the wound

According to the Cleveland Clinic, about 50% of dog bites can introduce bacteria into the body, which may include streptococcus, staphylococcus, pasteurella and capnocytophaga. Any of these bacteria could result in an infection, so it is important to clean a dog bit wound thoroughly.

Document the injury

You may not want to look at the injury caused by a frightening attack, but it is important to document the healing process. Take photos and date them accordingly so that you can have proof of the extent of the wound.

Compile medical records

If a dog bite results in the need for medical care, be sure to keep track of all paperwork you receive. Getting compensation for your injuries may require proof of how much you had to spend on treatment.

Dog bites are experiences that most people do not want to think a lot about, but it is important that you take care of yourself to avoid further health issues and maintain adequate documentation and record-keeping.