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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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