Dog Bite Injury can lead to serious injury or even death. They can also cause significant bruises and scars. Rabies protocol requires isolation and administering a series of rabies injections if the dog is not already vaccinated. The dog bite force should be very gentle to minimize the risk of further injury. It is very important that the dog bite treatment is started as soon as possible following the injury to prevent the dog from infecting any other person or animal.
There are a variety of reasons for a dog bite, but they often relate to dog safety. A dog bite can occur when a dog tries to protect his master or when he is being physically abused. A dog may also bite another dog in defense if he senses danger because of its dominant nature or because he has been mishandled in some way. It can also be an emotional reaction to pain or fear. An animal bites is often associated with a natural instinct for a dog to bite a threat and humans should not consider this a dog bite unless there are pain and bleeding.
Many times children who play rough with dogs or are playing rough with the dog themselves may unintentionally injure their pet. As a result, they may bite them back. A dog bite can also occur when a dog is being choked, held in a choke collar or chain or if they are being flogged by another dog. Other animals such as raccoons, squirrels and bears may also bite a dog. Raccoons have sharp teeth, so a dog bite is especially dangerous to the pet. The animal may suffer internal damage which could result in death if not treated immediately.
Dogs often bite in defense when they sense a threat. A dog bite that is caused by a defense mechanism has many different causes. If the dog is attacked by another dog or an individual person, a dog bite symptom will include some type of visible wound, bruising, swelling or tenderness around the injury. The dog bite wound may be contaminated with bacteria or germs. For this reason, it is important to seek treatment immediately even if you do not believe the dog bite wound is contaminated in a negative way.
Veterinarians usually treat dog bite wounds with antibacterial medications and antifungal agents. These medications are used to treat both open and closed wounds. They also provide healing properties to help the wound to heal properly. Common causes of infections from dog bites are: contaminated wounds, parasites, dog virus infections, yeast infections and bacterial infections.
Veterinarians may also use antibiotics and other medications to help heal the wounds. Some dog bites can be debrided or removed with surgical scissors or scalpel. It is very rare for dog bites to require debridement or surgery because most wounds heal well on their own in the course of a few weeks.
Debridement can take place in one of three ways: open surgery (the veterinarian opens the wound and removes any contaminated tissue), excision (the veterinarian removes the infected area and closes the wound), or stitches. The stitches most commonly used in dog bites occur around the time of the first symptoms. The stitches will be removed once the animal begins to heal. However, some cases may need more extensive treatment including antibiotic ointment or surgical debridement.
Most of these treatments for dog bites involve some type of antibiotic, although antibiotic treatment will not prevent the infection from recurring. In fact, if the dog bite wound comes close to the point where the dog’s blood has been shed, there is a chance that he could develop a more serious condition such as rabies. Rabies is highly contagious and fatal, so any dog bite wound should be examined by a veterinarian right away. Rabies can also be transferred to humans from another infected dog.