What to do after a dog bite What to do after a dog bite

Whether they are from an unknown dog or from your own pet, due to their risk of infection, dog bites should be treated.

The Colombian Red Cross webpage provides a few tips on how to respond to this situation:

  1. Wash your hands well. If the wound is superficial or not very deep, clean it for several minutes with a mild soap to eliminate anything that may remain from the bite.
  2. Apply an antiseptic such as povidone iodine using sterile gauze. Keep in mind that dog bites are prone to infection due to the fact that dogs’ mouths have a host of germs because of their frequent contact with the ground.
  3. Once the wound is disinfected, cover it with a clean bandage that is free of dirt and lint.

If it is a deep wound and is bleeding, go to the doctor immediately within eight hours after the bite occurs. Cover the area with a handkerchief or with a clean cloth and apply pressure to help stop the bleeding. A specialist will assess whether it is necessary to get a rabies vaccine.

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