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What is the best way to treat dog bites?

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Dog bites, sudden in their nature, require immediate treatment. While it’s obvious to see that the skin has been damaged, there may be underlying damage to the muscles, tendons, nerves and bone below the surface of the bite. Another thing to keep in mind when it comes to dog bite treatment is infection.

Dog bites can vary in severity, so quality treatment is vital to helping prevent infection and serious damage to the body. For bites that are minor and don’t require medical attention, it is important to do the following:

  • Place a clean towel over the wound to halt any bleeding.
  • Wash the wound carefully with soap and water.
  • Apply a sterile bandage to the wound.
  • Keep the area of the wound elevated, if possible.
  • Apply antibiotic ointment to the wound every day to prevent infection.

 

With approximately 800,000 individuals needing medical treatment for dog bites each year, the treatment for severe dog bites may require surgery, stitches, hospital stays, plastic surgery and rehabilitation. A doctor may ask you several questions about the dog that bit you in order to determine if you need further treatment for rabies or other diseases.

In the event you have suffered a dog attack, there is help available. Call upon the experienced legal team at Mednick, Mezyk & Kredo. We’ll help determine the negligent parties and pursue them while you focus on your health and recovery. Our team will work tirelessly to obtain payment for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Call us today at 888-807-9675 for a free consultation.