How to Keep a Dog Bite from Getting Infected
If you receive a dog bite, getting the proper medical care is vital. This is especially true if the dog has not been properly vaccinated or if you cannot acquire proof of vaccination in a timely manner. If the dog is vaccinated against rabies, then the main concern is keeping the wound from infection. Here are some tips to help:
- Clean the wound – Use a mild soap to clean bacteria from the wound. Run water over the wound for 5-10 minutes to flush out bacteria.
- Use a clean cloth to apply pressure until the bleeding stops. If you can’t stop the bleeding, seek immediate medical attention.
- Use an antibiotic cream – Many antibiotic creams also feature pain-relieving agents.
- Use a sterile bandage to wrap the wound.
- See your doctor to learn if any further care is needed.
- Change your bandages every few hours while you are awake and first thing in the morning when you get up.
- If you notice any signs of infection, seek further medical care. Signals that infection is setting in include changes in color around the wound, swelling, fever, or increased pain.
For serious wounds, you may require stitches. Depending on your medical history, you may need a tetanus shot. If the medical history of the dog is unknown or incomplete, you may be treated for rabies.
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