Tips for Care Following a Dog Bite
First things first: If you cannot confirm that the dog that bit you is vaccinated against rabies, seek medical attention immediately. There is no treatment for rabies once symptoms begin to show, so if you can’t be sure, you need to take the treatment as soon as possible following the dog bite. You will also require medical attention if you can’t stop the bleeding. If the dog is properly vaccinated, here are some tips to help you to keep the bite infection-free.
- Clean the wound with water and mild soap – Run water over the bite for up to 10 minutes to make sure all of the bacteria have been flushed out. Obviously, if there is too much bleeding, you will have to apply pressure to stop it. Use a clean cloth. Don’t just run water on a wound that is gushing blood. Take that to the emergency room.
- Bandage the wound – If you can get the wound clean and stop the bleeding on your own, it is now time to bandage the wound while it heals. Use an antibiotic cream to fight infection (some also help with the pain). Use sterile bandages and change them every few hours during the day and immediately when you wake up in the morning.
- If you see an infection starting to set in, contact a doctor right away.
Get Legal Assistance Following a Dog Bite in California
If you do require medical visits, stitches, missed workdays, or experience any other tangible losses due to the attack, contact Petrov Law Firm in San Diego. We can help you to recuperate these losses through a settlement with the owner’s insurance company. Call 619.344.0360 to get started today.