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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Do a lot of people get dog bites?

Do a lot of people get dog bites?

About a million a yr: Reported. I'm curious why ask this question? ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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What are the tests for dog bites?

Look at the site...: If it looks like a dog bite, and the person bitten confirms it's a dog bite, then no further testing is necessary. If it requires treatment, then most doctors will simply prescribe the antibiotics most likely to kill the germs typically found in a dog bite without doing further testing. ...Read more

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What should I do to treat a dog bite to the hand?

What should I do to treat a dog bite to the hand?

Clean well/check dog: Immediately clean the bite with copious amounts of water & antibacterial soap and or peroxide. If the bite pierced the interspaces of your fingers or anywhere near a ligament, have it checked by your pcp or an urgent care clinic tomorrow. If the dog is not up on his shots, you need to contact local authorities about the rabies issue. Some locals require all dog bites be reported. ...Read more

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I treated my dog bite with alcohol and peroxide is that sufficient?

I treated my dog bite with alcohol and peroxide is that sufficient?

Maybe: First, do you know the dog and has it had rabies shots. If not then I'd have the dog quarantined or euthanized and examined for rabies. Rabies is uncommon but fatal if not treated. Next, get a tetanus shot if you haven't had one in the past 5yrs. No alcohol or peroxide. Copious soap and water should be good enough. If it turns red or drains pus see a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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What is a treatment for dog bite?

What is a treatment for dog bite?

Dog bite: Depends. If your you country does not have Rabies, it is simple treatment with antibiotics, tetanus injection and good clean out with dressing.
If your county has prevalence of rabies, the post exposure rabies vaccine schedule is recommended. Depending on the risk in some cased rabies immunoglobulins may be recommended. Your doctor will be able to advise the schedules. ...Read more

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What are the best treatments for dog bites?

What are the best treatments for dog bites?

Clean /ID dog: Dog bites can become infected with bacteria from the skin or dogs mouth. Rabies is rarely passed by a provoked bite, but verification of the dogs rabies vaccination or confinement of the dog is needed. Clean immediately with antibacterial soap, verify pts tetanus immune status & seek anti rabies rx if dog cannot be found & local consultants agree. Some wounds, like the hand or deep may need abx early. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of severe dog bite scares on my arm?

How can I get rid of severe dog bite scares on my arm?

Scars: Scars are permanent, but can be improved over time. Massage, silicone creams (like biocorneum), and sunscreen, will all help. See a plastic surgeon for additional advice. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my dog bites until I can see a doctor?

Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my dog bites until I can see a doctor?

Peroxide and bandage: If the wound is minor, clean the wound immediately with warm soapy water and peroxide. Apply a clean bandage and head to the er. If you have serious bleeding or a severe injury head straight to the er. Severe infections and other problems are not uncommon and are best evaluated asap. You will need antibiotics. Have someone call animal control to evaluate the animal which caused the injury. ...Read more

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If a dog bites you but the dog had a rabies shot, are you still at risk?

If a dog bites you but the dog had a rabies shot, are you still at risk?

Not from the rabies: If the dog is really up to date. There are a variety of other germs that could provide a significant risk if the wound gets infected. ...Read more

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How do dog bites heal?

How do dog bites heal?

Healing dog bites: Dog bites are dirty, therefore infection is a problem. Dog bites should be cleaned, debrided and depending on the area of the body left open or loosely stitched. It they are stitched they should be watched closely and if there are any signs of infection the wound should be opened. After a few days when the chance of infection is passed they will heal like any other wound. ...Read more

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How dangerous are dog bites?

How dangerous are dog bites?

Variable: Dog bites are common and can be painful and damaging especially when on the face. The danger is to any sensitive structure damaged by the teeth of the dog and the aggressiveness of the dog (how many bites were received). So some bites are minor and accidental and others serious related to how aggressive the dog was. ...Read more

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What to do when dog bites you?

What to do when dog bites you?

ER: If you have a dig bite that breaks the skin or penetrates the tissues you should seek medical attention to evaluate the wound and treat it appropriately you would need antibiotics. If the skin is not broken then you can clean the area yourself and put some antibiotic creme on it and it will heal. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get dog bites?

About a million a yr: Reported. I'm curious why ask this question? ...Read more

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What are the tests for dog bites?

Look at the site...: If it looks like a dog bite, and the person bitten confirms it's a dog bite, then no further testing is necessary. If it requires treatment, then most doctors will simply prescribe the antibiotics most likely to kill the germs typically found in a dog bite without doing further testing. ...Read more

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How to shower if I have dog bites?

How to shower if I have dog bites?

Soap and water: Rinse, rinse, rinse.
Triple antibiotic ointment after
call your doctor if getting more red and swollen around it. ...Read more

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How can you shower with dog bites?

Dog bite wound care: You can shower and wet your dog bite anytime... And in fact I would encourage it if you already haven't done so. I hope you have already healed and that your scars are acceptable. If not, you can always see a plastic surgeon in consideration of scar revisions. ...Read more

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What illnesses come from dog bites?

What illnesses come from dog bites?

Infection: With bacteria (e.g. Pasturella or tetanus) or virus (e.g. Rabies), scar, injury to adjacent structures. A lot depends on size, depth, and location of bite, so it is best to consult a doctor. ...Read more

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What should you do if your dog bites you?

What should you do if your dog bites you?

Usually yes!: About 30-40% of dog bites will become infected requiring antibiotics but more importantly, the area of the bite needs to be evaluated for extensive cleaning and possible repair and tetanus status needs to be determined. Also, the dog's immunization status needs to be known. For an unknown status, rabies may need to be considered depending on whether you area is known to harbor canine rabies. ...Read more