Dog bites occur to more than 4 million Americans every year. One out of every five of those bites causes an injury that requires medical attention, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Children between the ages of 5 and 9 are the most frequent victims of dog attacks and are also more likely than adults to be injured by a dog.
While strays and other strange dogs can be responsible, often people are actually bitten by the family pet or a dog owned by a friend. Dog owners bear the burden of a potential lawsuit when it comes to an altercation or any damages and should seek the help of a professional that can provide a dog bite quote for insurance coverage.
Ways in which to prevent dog bites
When shopping for a new pet, choose a dog with a good temperament for a family pet. Stay away from strays and strange dogs and never leave young children alone with a dog (especially an unfamiliar one). Do not ever try to play with any dog that is eating or while feeding her puppies. Whenever approaching someone while walking a dog, do so slowly, and give the dog a chance to sniff and become familiar. If, for whatever reason, a dog becomes aggressive, do not run away or scream. Stay calm, move slowly, and don’t make eye contact with the dog.
Treating wounds from a dog attack
It is probably a good idea to provide first aid for a dog bite whenever possible. Dog bites can cause infections that need to be treated with antibiotics, especially if the bite is deep, or the bleeding can’t be stopped, or there are any signs of infection (redness, swelling, warmth, pus).
The proper care for a dog bite injury that can easily be treated may require the following:
- Place a clean towel over the injury to stop any bleeding
- Try to keep the injured area elevated
- Wash the bite carefully with soap and water
- Apply a sterile bandage to the wound, and
- Apply antibiotic ointment to the injury every day to prevent infection
For serious injuries, or just to be careful and avoid the possibility of infection, after dressing the wound the unfortunate victim should see a doctor. As a precaution, dog owners should seek a dog bite quote for coverage, which will often be necessary in the event their dog does cause an unfortunate injury.