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Preventing and Treating Animal Bites

There are about 4.7 million dog bites that occur every year in the United States, about half of which occur to children between the ages of five and nine.

Dog bites can result in serious injuries, including infections and disfigurement. As a result, it is essential that you not only educate yourself about preventing animal bites, but how to treat those bites if they occur.

You and your children should stay away from unfamiliar dogs, and not attempt to pet or play with a dog, particularly if the dog is eating or feeding puppies. If you must approach a dog, do so slowly, and allow the dog to approach you first.

If a dog does act aggressive toward you by barking, growling, or lunging at you, then you should not run away or scream. Rather, you should stay calm, move slowly, and avoid eye contact with the dog.

In the event that a dog does bite you or a family member, you can care for a minor bite at home. However, if the dog is unfamiliar to you, the bite is deep, bleeding will not stop, or the area of the bite appears to be red, swollen, warm, and infected, then you should seek formal medical treatment for the bite.

In order to treat a dog bite, press a clean towel over the wound in order to stop the bleeding. Keep the area elevated, and wash it with soap and water. Dry the area, apply an antibiotic ointment, and place a sterile bandage on the wound. Replace the bandage and reapply antibiotic ointment to the wound each day.

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