Being bitten by a dog can lead to serious tissue damage and possible infections. When you are in this position, you have to ensure that you are getting the medical care necessary to minimize the impact that the injury has on your life.
One of the most important things for the medical staff to do is to ensure that the area is irrigated thoroughly. Unfortunately, this is likely going to be uncomfortable. There are some disagreements about exactly what kind of irrigation is necessary in these cases. Some doctors believe that low-pressure irrigation is ideal, but others think that high pressure will get more of the bacteria out of the wound. The argument against high-pressure irrigation is that bacteria might be pushed deeper into the tissues.
Typically, bite wounds are left open during the healing process. The exception to this is wounds on the face, which may require primary closure. Larger bite wounds might be partially closed so that the healing process is helped, but there is still a need to have an opening that will facilitate keeping the air moving within the wound.
If there is an infection that appears, doctors must determine what strain of bacteria is causing it. There are a few that are more common than others but determining which one is present ensures that the correct antibiotic is important. Some doctors choose to prescribe antibiotics before an infection appears. This will usually include a three- to five-day course that most physicians choose to start within 12 to 24 hours after the attack.
While the majority of dog bites stem from animals owned by the victim’s family member or a friend, it is also possible that it will be due to another dog. If this is the case, seeking compensation might be in order.