Properly Treating Austin Dog Bite Injuries

In a nation where it seems like every other household has a dog, we may sometimes forget one important fact: dogs are animals. They are members of the family, and like children to some people, but at the end of the day they are still capable of biting and attacking humans. According to the Centers for Disease Control, dogs bite more than 4 million Americans every year, and one out of five of those bites causes an injury that requires medical attention. 

So what should you do to treat your wound if you are bitten by a dog? 

First and foremost, if your injury is clearly severe, just get to the hospital right away. Don't try to be a hero and treat yourself. However, if your bite is not bleeding too much and doesn't appear too deep, you can probably clean yourself up. We do recommend going to a doctor eventually, no matter what you think the severity of your injury is. The doctor will be able to really assess the bite and determine whether or not any muscles, tendons, nerves or bones were hurt. They will also be able to treat you if the wound appears to be infected. 

If you opt to apply first aid at home, follow these steps:

  • Try to stop or slow down any bleeding that is occurring. You can do this by placing a clean towel over the wound and keeping it elevated. Check on it every so often to see if the bleeding has stopped. If it isn't stopping, go to the Emergency Room. 
  • Once you've gotten the bleeding to subside, you need to clean the wound - mild soap and water should do the trick. Make sure you clean it well and get out any bacteria that may be lingering. 
  • Apply an antibiotic ointment and then cover up the injury with a clean, sterile bandage. You may need to repeat this process a few times a day as the bite tries to heal. 

Were you bitten by a dog in Austin? Call attorney Earl Straight for a free consultation at 512-454-1331.