Not only is a bite from a dog in Connecticut painful, but it can also be psychologically traumatic and expose you to certain diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control, a bite from a dog requires immediate attention, but your response may vary based on the depth or severity of the resulting wound.
Any serious wound resulting from a dog bite requires emergency medical attention. A wound is serious if it involves exposed bones or muscles, causes extreme pain or loss of function or if the bleeding from the wound is uncontrollable. You should also see a health care provider as soon as possible for a wound that extends deeply into the tissues, especially if you have not received a tetanus shot within the last five years or there is uncertainty over whether the dog that bit you was current on its rabies vaccination.
However, if the wound from a dog bite is minor, it may not require medical attention. You may be able to treat it at home with conservative measures:
- Thorough cleansing with warm water and soap
- Antibiotic ointment to prevent infection
- A clean bandage for covering
With that said, even a minor dog bite may require medical attention if you develop any signs of infection, such as fever or redness, swelling and warmth at the injury site. In addition, if you noticed the dog acting strangely before or after the bite, you should see a doctor right away.
The information in this article is not intended as legal advice but provided for educational purposes only.