Dog Bites – Truth Versus Gossip

Dog bites are traumatic to some degree. Some adults eventually develop a phobia of dogs after being bitten in childhood. Most dog bites happen to children between the ages of 5 and 9. Children of this age can put pressure on dogs’ ears and tails by pulling, riding on dogs, or teasing animals. As an adult, you should observe and guard dogs and children. Encourage children and dogs to be nice and gentle with each other. Unfortunately, there are many people who are physically and emotionally scarred from negative experiences with dogs. We know that there are over 70 million dogs in the United States, resulting in nearly 1 million dog bites requiring medical attention each year.

If you’ve had a dog that has been bitten, that’s a big deal – depending on the situation, just one report can keep the dog away. Regardless of the conditions, a second report will almost always result in the dog being taken away from you. This does not mean that the dog is placed in another house to bite others; unfortunately this usually ends the dog’s life.

Great strides have been made in the continental United States to eliminate bulldogs. They are the breed that primarily causes 10 to 20 deaths each year from dog bites. Yes, we all know some good bulldogs. However, they can suddenly become very territorial or aggressive for no apparent reason. The target here isn’t just for bulldogs, despite their general personality traits and huge potential for destruction. But they are a reference point for the worst dog bites. An adult bulldog can bite up to 450 pounds. Force per square inch, crushing skin, bones and everything in between. They can crush the skull of a small child. Chow Chows can also be unexpectedly restless and unhappy, especially in hot weather.

So back to dog bites. The Toy Poodle “FiFi” has pointy feline teeth that give you a good bite. The biggest problem with dog bites is that once you get rid of the tissue damage that a large dog has done, you can become infected. There are over 60 types of bacteria that can live in a dog’s mouth. Just by inoculating one or some of these bacteria into human tissue, especially the hands, a serious infection can start very quickly. This is especially true if the bitten victim is diabetic or immunocompromised due to a chronic illness. The hands have many spaces with less blood flow, and these are ideal settings for serious infections. Suddenly, the person had to be hospitalized for intravenous antibiotics and a surgeon had to be consulted. The wound should then be opened, rinsed and drained. A slip may occur and in very severe cases a skin graft may be required. Then there’s a longer recovery time and maybe even physical therapy to try and get the most out of the bitten area. This is the worst case scenario, but shows the possible stages of a dog bite.

There are also other things to consider. Most cities require a detailed “bite report” to assess rabies risk. Is this animal behaving strangely? Was the attack “provocative” or “unprovoked”? A playful “bite” or an aggressive bite? Are animals eligible for quarantine observation? Animals that fail to locate and act unprovoked after a bite could result in a patient having to undergo a full rabies series because it is not known whether the dog is up to date on the dog vaccinations. When you get rabies, you’re basically buying “the farm.” Another problem is the tetanus status. If the patient has not had a tetanus booster in the past 5 years, he will need one or the whole series if this has never been done.

If it is only deep into the skin, clean the wound with soap and water. Make sure the animal is currently vaccinated against rabies. If the wound is deeper than the skin, see your doctor. Doctors may need to use an antibacterial agent such as iodine soap for a more comprehensive cleanse. He or she will also want to check your tetanus status and prescribe antibiotic pills or injections. Serious infections may require surgery and intravenous injections. antibiotics. The sooner the doctor sees the bite and begins proper care, the better and easier the care will be. Do not wait. Plan to see your doctor every few days until the wound has healed completely. Come on, call animal control to report your bite. This is not just to protect you, but is part of reporting a biting animal as a good citizen. Finally, take steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again: “Shame on you once; shame on me twice.”


and people are needed. Just going for a walk and introducing the dog to other people keeps the human kindness and trust going. If he were tied to a post somewhere in the yard, his character would be more isolated, more menacing, and less connected to people.

When you decide to become a dog owner, thoroughly research your rationale. What do you expect from this dog? Should he express your kindness and sociability, or choose him out of underlying fear and mistrust? Instead of buying a pit bull to tie up to a tree in your front yard, see a psychiatrist – you need to be honest about some underlying issues, of course. Dogs are wonderful companions and lifelong family members. It takes some time, understanding, training, rewards and politeness to shape your dog’s personality.


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