Dog Bite Infection

Most dog bites cause puncture wounds, lacerations or abrasions to the skin. Because animals have bacteria in their mouth, one of the most common problems following an animal bite is an infection. Medical treatment after a dog bite of any kind, is necessary in minimizing the chance of developing severe problems from the bite.  Factors that contribute to the infection rate include the type and location of the wound, health condition of the victim bitten and the extent of the delay in treatment.

Common Types of Bite Wounds at Increased Risk of Developing an Infection

• Puncture wound.
• Hand and extremity bites.
• Full thickness bites.
• Bites requiring debridement.
• Bites in victims over 50.
• Bites causing damage to deep structures.

Most symptoms of an infection caused from a dog bite occur within 12 to 24 hours.

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Common warning signs of an infection include:

• Swelling – the area around the wound may be red and swollen.
• Temperature – warmth at the wound site.
• Pain – the wound becoming increasingly painful.
• Pus or fluid drainage – oozing from the wound site.
• Fever or chills.

Dog Bite infections can contain a mix of anaerobes and aerobes from the victim’s skin and the animals mouth. Appropriate treatment is critical. A doctor will take measures to prevent an infection, including prescribing antibiotics if needed. While rabies is not common in dogs in the U.S. your physician will also be able to give you more specific advice to your situation.

If you or your child has been bitten by a dog it is important to get medical attention immediately. Then speak with Edward Smith, an experienced California dog bite attorney. Under California’s strict liability law, you are entitled to receive compensation for your damages. For a free consultation, contact the Sacramento dog bite attorneys at the Law Offices of Edward A. Smith at 916-921-6400 or outside the area at 1-800-404-5400, www.autoaccident.com  Reviews can be found on Yelp.

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