Quick Facts About Dog Bites [Infographic]
Still, dog temperaments vary based on breed, ownership, training, supervision, and other factors. If a dog is angry, irritated, or improperly handled, it may bite a human and cause serious, and sometimes fatal, injuries. In fact, dogs bite 4.5 million people each year, and at least 32 people die from dog bite injuries. Additionally, dogs are more likely to bite men rather than women, and 62 percent of dog bites introduce bacteria.
Even the most mild dog bite injuries can become more severe without proper treatment. Here are a few steps to take immediately after dog bite incident:
1. Wash the wound site with mild soap and warm water for at least five minutes;
2. Use a clean cloth to slow the bleeding;
3. Apply antibiotic ointment;
4. Wrap the wound site with a sterile bandage;
5. See a doctor;
6. Change the bandage as recommended;
7. Monitor for infection; and
8. Speak to an attorney to learn your legal rights.
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