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Why you should get medical care after a dog bite

On Behalf of | May 17, 2023 | Personal Injury

Dog bites can cause life-altering trauma, and prioritizing your health and well-being is crucial if a dog ever bites you. Even if a dog bite may seem minor, it is important to seek medical attention right away.

Here are the most important reasons why you should always go to the doctor after a dog bite.

Assessing the severity of the injury

Bites can lead to complications such as infections, nerve damage or tissue damage beneath the surface. A doctor will thoroughly examine the wound, evaluate the extent of the damage and provide appropriate treatment to prevent further complications.

Preventing infections

Certain bacteria commonly found in a dog’s mouth, such as Pasteurella, can cause serious infections. Seeking medical attention allows for proper wound cleaning, potential antibiotic treatment and necessary vaccinations to reduce the risk of infection.

Identifying potential rabies exposure

It is important to determine if the dog that bit you is up to date on its rabies vaccinations. A doctor can assess the risk of rabies exposure, provide appropriate vaccinations or prophylactic treatment and monitor for any potential signs of infection.

Treating wound care and promoting healing

A doctor will thoroughly clean the wound, remove any debris or foreign objects and recommend sutures or other wound closure methods if necessary. They can also provide guidance on how to care for the wound at home, reducing the risk of scarring and promoting optimal healing.

Documenting the injury

Seeking medical attention after a dog bite creates an official record of the incident and injuries. This documentation can be crucial for insurance claims and legal purposes, especially if complications arise later on.

By taking these steps, you can ensure appropriate treatment, minimize complications and protect your long-term health.


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