Caring for a dog bite wound or injury is important. Here are some tips for how to treat a dog bite wound immediately following a bite or attack:
- Call 9-1-1 or seek immediate attention at an ER or Urgent Care if there are any puncture wounds or if the surface of the skin is broken. In any case it is prudent to visit your primary physician within 24 hours. If the dog was foaming at the mouth or was a stray you should head straight to the ER. Rabies can be fatal.
- If bleeding is severe, elevate the area, cover with a sterile pad or bandage, washcloth or towel and apply pressure.
- Infection is actually one of the greatest risks. All wounds can be carefully washed with warm soapy water.
- Puncture wounds: Do NOT use hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol (Isopropyl), iodine or mercurochrome on puncture wounds. Many puncture wounds may not require a dressing. To stop bleeding use a sterile pad or towel and apply pressure.
- Open Wound, Gash or Tearing Injury: After washing the wound you may apply hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol (Isopropyl), iodine or mercurochrome. You may apply a dressing to cover the wound prior to your trip to the ER, but do not use a steri-strip, butterfly dressing or any other means to close the wounds.
- If for some reason you elect not to go to the ER or urgent care, contact your physician and ask about a tetanus shot or antibiotics.
These tips for how to treat a dog bite wound are not intended to replace professional medical care, but are provided as a guide to help families in the immediate aftermath of an attack.
My name is Rivers Morrell and I have more than 40 years of experience as a dog bite and injury attorney. After you have received treatment for your wounds I invite you to call me for a free consultation at (949)305-1400 to learn how to recover financially for your medical expenses and all treatments. There is no cost to you out of pocket.