My first piece of advice would be to try to pick a dog that isn’t a biter and to avoid aggressive looking dogs in general. If that doesn’t work out for you and you find yourself with a dog bite, I’m here to help! I know how bad a dog bite can be…almost as bad as having to go to the hospital. Here are a few ways to treat a dog bite at home:
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- Place a clean towel over the bite to stop the bleeding (if the bite won’t stop bleeding, it’s time for the hospital my friend!)
- Grab some pillows and keep the bitten area elevated
- Once the bleeding has stopped, wash the bite with unscented soap and warm water (not too hot!)
- Wrap the bitten area with a sterile bandage
- Apply antibiotic ointment to the wound everyday. Something as simple as Neosporin should do the trick!
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Remember: even if you treat your dog bite at home with these steps, it’s important to still have a doctor take a look at it, especially if you were bitten by a dog you don’t know and if the bite shows signs of infection. Happy (and safe) trails, everyone!