Dog bites are a significant problem when they happen. Even seemingly minor puncture wounds could cause life-threatening infections. That’s why these bites should always be taken seriously.
There is a reason why dogs often cause catastrophic injuries when they attack. First, a dog that really wants to attack to kill will go for the abdomen or neck, both of which are unprotected and open. If a dog bites either of these areas, there could be significant, life-threatening damage done.
Another reason for such severe damage is that dogs tend to bite down and then shake their prey. That shaking motion rips through tissues and can even break bones in some instances. This makes the wound more likely to become infected and harder to treat.
What should you do if you’re attacked by a dog?
The top concern with a serious bite is going to be getting the bleeding to stop and getting a patient to the hospital. Call 911 and let the operator know that there is an open bite wound. If the dog is still at large, then you should also inform the operator, so they can warn the emergency medical team, police or others who are coming to help.
The person who has been bitten should remain calm. The part of the body that is injured should be raised above the level of the heart if possible to reduce bleeding. Additionally, tourniquets may be used to help stem significant bleeding.
If you’re able to capture the dog that attacked or the owner is with the dog and can restrain it, make sure it’s placed somewhere controlled. The emergency team will need the animal’s medical and vaccination records when possible.
No one wants to deal with a dog bite or attack, but it could happen to anyone. If you’re injured, remember that you can seek compensation from the dog’s owner for their negligence in allowing this attack to happen.