We hear a lot about serious dog bite injuries in the news, but most dog bites are relatively minor by comparison. In fact, many minor dog bites go unreported as they don’t require immediate medical treatment in a hospital or doctor’s office. If you have any concerns about the seriousness of a dog bite, seek the help of medical professionals, but don’t be afraid to treat minor dog bites with first aid at home.
Dog Bite First Aid
The saliva of dogs, and any other animals, contains millions of bacteria that can lead to infection. Treating minor bites from dogs or other animals primarily means preventing infection while the wound heals.
- For Minor Wounds: If the skin is not broken, treat the injury as any minor wound. For scrapes and very minor cuts, wash thoroughly with soap and water and use an antibiotic cream. Keep the wound covered to prevent secondary infection. If you notice any signs of infection, such as swelling, redness, increased pain or oozing, see a doctor.
- For Deep or Puncture Wounds: Any deep wound or puncture wound should be examined by a medical professional. In the aftermath, apply pressure with a clean, dry cloth to control the bleeding.
Rabies in Colorado
Rabies is on the rise in Colorado. Although it is often thought of as a disease of the past, it poses a very real threat to life and should be taken very seriously. If you don’t know whether the biting dog has been properly vaccinated, always report the incident. Even minor bites can lead to rabies infection.
In Colorado, the owner is strictly liable if you or your loved one have suffered serious bodily injury by any kind of dog. Call the experienced dog bite lawyers of Shafner Law today at (303) 796-0555 for your free consultation. We serve clients throughout the Denver Metro Area, as well as the entire state of Colorado.