Dog Bites

Know how to treat your wound if you are bitten by Man’s Best Friend.

Dogs have been named man’s best friend for a reason, but they can be very protective and become aggressive if threatened. Do you know what to do if you are bitten by a dog? If not, here are some tips!

Whether it is a minor or major bite, it is crucial that you clean the wound and keep it protected. Dogs can carry a variety of different diseased, such as rabies and MRSA, and they can be transferred through a bite. For minor wounds, wash the area with soap and water. After washing, cover the wound with antibacterial ointment and a clean bandage. If the wound becomes warm, painful, or swollen, see a healthcare provider as soon as possible. For major wounds, try to stop the bleeding my applying pressure to the site with a dry and clean cloth. If you cannot stop the bleeding, or if you can see bone or muscle, see a healthcare provider as soon as possible.

In any case, you should report all dog bites to your local animal control office. This will ensure the bite is on record and you will be notified if the dog has or has not received its rabies vaccination.

TIP: We treat dog bites at Urgent Care of Mountain View!