If the skin tearing is severe, stitches could also be an option. Although most of the time, bite wounds are left to dry in the open, scarring can be prevented with stitches, if the situation calls for it.
After visiting the doctor, the daily dressing of your wound is now up to you. Change your bandages and make sure that you are well-stocked with sterile bandaging materials for your wound. Watch for signs of infection. If you feel fever, strange pain, or swelling in the area, you may want to give your doctor a call since these are signs of infection.
If the dog who bit you appears healthy at the time of the incident, a 10-day quarantine may be required for the pet to be observed. Most of the time, no anti-rabies prophylaxis is required. However, if the dog appeared sick or ill when they bit you, or fell ill within the 10-day quarantine, it’s best to consult a doctor for anti-rabies prophylaxis and to bring the dog to the veterinarian immediately.
Regardless of whether a pet is well-trained or not, it is important to remember that they can do harm when they feel threatened. This may cause them to go on “attack” mode and bite people they consider strangers. When this occurs, it is important to apply first aid immediately to dog bites.
The essentials of dog bite management entail lowering the risk of infection by cleaning the wound and allowing it to heal completely and properly. Depending on the severity of the bite, you can apply different types of first aid. However, when it comes to injuries caused by animals, you should seek medical attention. Animals host a range of bacteria that can be harmful to your health, and if left untreated, infections can lead to very serious issues.
When it comes to animal bites, seek medical attention immediately to prevent worsening conditions.
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