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How to Treat a Dog Bite?

dog-bite-treatment-options Dogs are known as man's best friends for a reason. They are devoted, friendly, and beautiful pets. However, sometimes they can be dangerous, especially when they attack someone. So, it is essential to know how to treat the dog bite injury.

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC has years of experience dealing with dog bite or cat bite cases. We have the resources and team necessary to help you get the best possible outcome for your case. Our goal is to ensure that you are compensated for your injuries and that the dog's owner is held responsible.

Contact our Chicago dog bite lawyers at (888) 424-5757 for a free consultation. We will go over your case and help you understand your legal options for compensation. You don't have to pay us anything unless we win your case. Let us help you get justice.

The Most Common Causes of Dog Bite

It is crucial to seek medical treatment immediately if a dog ever bites you, even when the bite wounds seem minor. Dog bites can quickly cause infection, so it is better to be safe than sorry.

There are also instances where a dog bite may result in legal action against the dog's owner. It is always best to consult with an attorney to determine your rights.

There are many different reasons why dogs attack, but some are more common than others. The following are common reasons for dog bites:


A canine may become jealous when it feels like its owner is paying attention to someone else and may bite out of possessiveness. It is often seen in dogs that are very attached to their owners.


Research shows that a dog may become anxious or stressed in certain situations and bite. It can happen when the puppy is not used to being around people or loud noises or in an unfamiliar environment.


A dog may get too excited and bite while playing roughly or greeting someone energetically. It is often seen in puppies or young dogs that haven't learned how to control their energy levels yet.


A dog may bite out of fear when it feels threatened or scared. Attacks can happen when the dog is not socialized correctly and does not know how to interact with people due to abuse or neglect.


A dog will often bite to protect its owner or territory, which is often the case with guard dogs or other breeds bred for protection.


A dog in pain may lash out and bite to stop the pain due to an infection, illness, or even something as simple as a puppy’s teething pain.


A dog may become possessive of its food, toys, or other belongings and bite when it feels like someone is trying to take them away.


Some dogs are more aggressive by nature and may bite for no apparent reason. It is usually the case with certain breeds bred for fighting or guard work. Aggressive dogs should be avoided by anyone who is not experienced in handling them.

Treatment of a Dog Bite

Did a dog bite you or someone you know? If so, it is crucial to seek medical treatment. Dog bites can cause serious infections, so it is vital to see an emergency medicine physician as soon as possible.

Hold a clean cloth against a bleeding dog bit to help stop the bleeding. If the bleeding is constant or gushing, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

If the wound bleeding is not severe, rinse the puncture wounds or bite wounds with clean, warm water and apply a clean cloth or bandage, pressing gently.

Keep the wound clean and dry, and watch for signs of infection such as redness, swelling, or pus. When you see any of these symptoms, contact your doctor right away.

Dog bites can cause severe infection, so it is crucial to follow these first aid steps:

  • Soap and water should be used to clean the wound area.
  • Using a clean towel, put pressure on the dog bite wound.
  • Apply a sterile bandage to the wound injury.
  • Seek medical help as soon as you can.

Management of a Dog Bite's Fresh Wound

After a dog’s bite, it is crucial to seek medical treatment against the bite wound as soon as possible Gently press the wound and. Apply direct pressure to the site with a clean cloth or sterile bandage when the wound is bleeding. If the bleeding is severe, elevate the limb above the heart level.

Once puncture wounds stop bleeding, gently cleanse the wound with soap and warm water; otherwise, it will get infected due to weakened immune systems. Apply an antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover it with a sterile adhesive bandage or wrap.

Have you been bitten by a dog you do not know? You may need rabies shots. Watch for signs of infection such as redness, swelling, or fever. Seek medical care if you develop these symptoms.

Remember, dog bites can be severe. Get first aid or medical treatment as soon as possible after being bitten.

Antibiotic Medication

Clean the wound immediately, then seek medical attention to begin antibiotic treatment as soon as possible. How long you will need to take antibiotics will depend on the severity of the pet bite.

Severe bites might require ongoing antibiotics for a more extended period to avoid the risk of infection.

A doctor may prescribe antibiotics for one to two weeks. It is essential to complete prescribed oral or intravenous antibiotics by a doctor even when you start to feel better.

Very deep bite injuries in children younger than ten years will cause a great deal of damage, likely requiring plastic surgery.

The risk of infection may recur unexpectedly. Some people may also experience side effects from taking antibiotics, including

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches

Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns about your injuries and taking antibiotics.

Determining the Risk of Rabies Exposure

Rabies is a severe disease that can be deadly, so taking any potential exposure seriously is essential. Your doctor understands the high risk of rabies exposure and will help you decide what course of action to take next. It is based on several factors, including:

  • The animal's species
  • Whether the animal is vaccinated against rabies
  • The circumstances of the bite (e.g., was the animal acting strangely?)
  • The location of the bite (e.g., was it on the neck, back, face or hands?)
  • The severity of the bite (e.g., was there a lot of bleeding?).

If the animal is a high risk for rabies exposure, then you will need to see a doctor as soon as possible. If the animal is low risk, you may be able to wait and watch for symptoms. Either way, it is vital to clean the wound well and see a doctor when you have any concerns.

Importance of Rabies Vaccine

It is essential to know how to treat a dog bite and the importance of a rabies vaccine. It is necessary to seek medical treatment immediately by a doctor after a dog bite. Should you not know the dog or are unsure whether the animal has been vaccinated for rabies, you’ll likely need to receive a rabies vaccine as soon as possible.

Rabies infection is a deadly virus that can be transmitted through the saliva of infected wild animals. The virus can cause severe neurological damage and death when left untreated. Early diagnosis and treatment of rabies are critical to preventing serious health consequences.

Contact your local police, local health department, or animal control agency to report the incident of puppy bite and determine whether the puppy is up-to-date on its rabies vaccination.

Antibiotics Used for Dog Bite Treatment

A doctor might recommend a round of antibiotics that are commonly used for treating dog bites. These include:

  • Amoxicillin
  • Cephalexin
  • Tetrahydrozoline

Amoxicillin is an antibiotic typically used to medicate bacterial infections, and Cephalexin is used to treat bacterial and viral infections. Tetrahydrozoline is an antibiotic that is used to treat infections of the skin.

Antibacterial lotion or ointments are used to prevent infection. It is essential to see a doctor healthcare provider as soon as possible after being bitten by a dog so that antibiotics can be started when necessary.

In case the bite is more severe, the antibiotics may be given orally or sometimes intravenous antibiotics and intramuscularly (into a muscle).

When Should You Consult a Doctor After a Dog Attack?

It is essential to clean the wound when bitten by a dog as soon as possible. It will help to prevent infection. You should also see a doctor for any deep wounds or think you may need stitches. If the puppy that bit you was not vaccinated, you might need a rabies shot.

Keep an eye on the wound for signs of infection in the surrounding area. In case you notice any redness, swelling, or pus, you should see a doctor. The risk of infections from a dog bite can be severe and even life-threatening. So it is better to be safe than sorry!

There are many reasons why animals bite, and it is essential to be aware of them to prevent your dog from biting. Many animals attack because they are afraid or threatened and feel like their territory is being invaded.

There are a few things you can do to in preventing dog bites.

  • First, make sure your dog is properly socialized. Proper socialization will help your dog feel less threatened and more relaxed in new situations. It means exposing your dog to different people, places, and situations so it becomes comfortable with different scenarios.
  • Second, never punish your dog for biting, and this will only make your dog more afraid and more likely to bite. Remain calm if the animal bites and provide first aid to the bitten person. Keep your veterinarian’s contact information. Then, take your dog to the vet so it can be examined for any underlying medical conditions that might be causing the biting behavior.
  • When families consider getting a dog, make sure to research to find the right dog for their lifestyle and get information about the dog's vaccination history. Another vital factor is obedience training. A well-trained dog is less likely to attack because it knows what you expect from it and feels comfortable following your commands.
  • Finally, be aware of your body language. Dogs are very good at picking up on cues from humans, so whenever you feel tense or anxious, your dog will likely sense that and become agitated. Try to stay calm and relaxed around your dog, and avoid making sudden movements or loud noises that could startle it.

Be sure to talk to your vet if you have any concerns about your dog's biting behavior. They can help you determine whether there is a medical reason for the biting and provide guidance on addressing the behavior.

Some more simple safety tips include:

  • Spay or neuter your dog to help reduce aggression.
  • Never leave children younger alone with a dog, even when the dog is friendly.
  • Be cautious around strange dogs, and never approach a dog acting aggressively.
  • Try to remain calm and still until the dog loses interest and leaves. If attacked, seek medical attention right away.

What Happens When the Dog Bite Is Left Untreated?

Dog bites can cause serious infections. When the wound is left untreated, it can become infected, and the signs of infection can spread through the body, causing severe illness. Untreated dog bites can also lead to scarring and disfigurement.

In the United States, it is estimated that approximately four and a half million people are bitten by dogs each year. Of these, about one million require medical attention. These numbers may seem high, but it is essential to remember that most dog bites are not severe.

Most bites result in only minor injuries, such as puncture wounds or bruises. However, a small number of bites each year are much more severe.

Legal Action Against Dog Bites

There are a few different legal actions that you can take against a dog bite. You have the right to sue the dog's owner for a wound injury. This type of legal action is based on the theory that the owner is responsible for their dog's actions.

You can also file a criminal complaint against the owner of the dog. This type of legal action is based on the theory that the owner knew or should have known that their dog was dangerous and failed to take steps in preventing dog bites.

The legal action that you take will depend on the severity of your injuries and the facts of your case. An attorney can help you determine which legal action is right for you and can help you navigate the legal process. You should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your legal options.

Hire a Personal Attorney to Hold the Dog’s Owner Accountable

There are many benefits of hiring a legal attorney against dog bites. The most obvious benefit is that you will have someone on your side knowledgeable about the law and can help you navigate the legal process.

An experienced attorney can also help you recover damages for your injuries, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is a well-known personal injury law firm with a Chicago office that provides free consultations.

Call us today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your compensation for your dog bite damages.


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