If you or a loved one are bitten by a dog, it is important to quickly seek medical treatment after the dog bite. Often, dog bite victims fail to seek medical care because they think the bite doesn’t appear severe enough. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Dog bite injuries can cause damage under the skin. There are risks involved in not getting proper medical attention. A dog bite, even appearing like a superficial gash or scratch, often can cause more damage than the victim thought. Sometimes, small puncture wounds or scratches can lead to infections if untreated by a medical professional.
For example, a dog bite on the hand typically causes a crushing-type wound because of the dog’s rounded teeth and strong jaws. These type of injuries pose a higher risk developing an infection. If an infection develops, it may be difficult for the body to fight it without proper care. Additionally, these types of injuries should be watched for signs of damage to the nerves or tendons.