Proper management of dog bites

Dog bites are considered as prevalent injuries among children. The treatment for dog bites must be started right away. Take note that dogs do not always bite as aggression, but mostly due to fear.

Treatment for dog bites

  • Safety is vital by ensuring that the dog and victim are moved away from one another. Remember that dogs might bite since they feel that their territory is threatened.
  • Observe the universal precautions and use protective equipment if on hand.
  • Bleeding is expected in most cases of dog bites. It is vital to control the bleeding by applying direct pressure. A tourniquet is not advisable unless the bleeding is serious that it could not be controlled in any other manner.
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    Bleeding is expected in most cases of dog bites. It is vital to control the bleeding by applying direct pressure.

  • When the flow of blood has ceased, the wound should be cleansed using warm water and soap. The soap must be thoroughly rinsed since it might irritate the wound.
  • The wound must be covered with dry clean dressing. Due to the risk for infection of dog bites, monitor for signs of infection such as swelling, redness, warmth and drainage of pus.
  • A doctor should be seen after caring for the wound. In some cases of dog bites, antibiotics are needed especially if they are deep. Some wounds require stitches. If the borders of a laceration could not touch or an avulsion is present, medical attention is required. Wound on the hands or face require medical care due to the risk for scarring and function loss.

More Information / Disclaimer

The information posted on this page on dog bites is for learning purposes only. Learn to properly manage this type of animal bite by taking a standard first aid course with Kelowna First Aid.

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