Dogs are well-known for being man’s best friend, but what do you do if playing with Fido turns into running from Spike?
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that after you have been bitten, you need to immediately find a safe place away from the dog to wash your wounds out with soap and clean water.Dog bites can range from barely breaking the skin to causing death.
Bitten individuals need to seek immediate medical attention if:
- The wound is bleeding profusely
- You have lost any function to the bitten part of your body
- You experience extreme pain
- There is any muscle or bone exposure
- The wounds are red, painful, warm or swollen
- You develop a fever
- It has been over five years since you had your last tetanus shot.
The CDC said that 4.5-million dog bites occur every year in the United States, and one out of every five bites becomes infected. Men and children need to pay particularly close attention to a dog’s emotional cues, because they are most likely to be bitten. Children five-years-old to nine-years-old have the highest rate of dog bite injuries, and are more likely to need serious medical attention prior to a bite. Reported incidents show that men are more likely to be bitten or attacked by dogs than women. The CDC said dog bites are most likely to happen in a home that the victim is familiar with, so no matter how safe or familiar you are with a dog always be sure to pay attention to their demeanor. In 2015, there were 24 dog bite fatalities in the United States, and 32% of those deaths happened in the residence that the victim was either visiting or living in. Visitors to a home should be aware that houses with more than one dog increase the likelihood of being bitten by five times.
To prevent yourself or a loved one from being bitten NEVER:
- Approach an unfamiliar dog
- Run from a dog
- Disturb the dog while it is eating, sleeping, or caring for its puppies
- Pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first
- Encourage aggressive play
- Let small children play with a dog unsupervised
If you have been bitten or attacked by a dog, contact the expert personal injury lawyers with The Advocates at 801-326-0809.