Dogs may be our best friends, but it’s important to remember that they’re still animals. It’s hard to predict when a dog will bite. It can happen in between tail wags while you’re playing with your own dog, or you can be caught off guard by an unknown dog in your neighborhood.
Though we can’t always predict when a dog will bite, there are a few ways to prevent it:
- Avoid any dogs you don’t know.
- Never leave young children alone with a dog, especially an unfamiliar one.
- Don’t try to interact with a dog that is eating.
- Whenever you approach a dog, do so slowly. Let the dog approach you.
- If a dog becomes aggressive, stay calm, walk away slowly, and avoid eye contact with the dog.
However, if you’ve been bitten by a dog other than your own, here’s what to do:
- If the dog’s owner is present, request proof of rabies vaccination, get the owner’s name and contact information, and find out who the dog’s veterinarian is.
- Clean the bite wound with mild soap and water as soon as possible.
- Consult your doctor immediately or go to the emergency room. In fact, according to the Cleveland Clinic, it’s best to see a doctor within 8 hours of a dog bite in order to control the risk of infection.
- Contact the dog’s veterinarian to check vaccination records.
- Consult our expert team of injury lawyers for guidance!