Many dog bites only cause minor skin injury and can be treated with simple first aid at home to prevent the bite injury from developing an infection. Dog bites commonly leave punctures or jagged cuts in the skin. If you or your family member has suffered a minor dog bite, try these steps at home:
- Clean the area. Thoroughly clean the area. Run the wound under warm water for a few minutes to rinse it out.
- Squeeze the wound gently. Encouraging the wound to bleed by gently squeezing it can help prevent bacteria from entering the wound and infecting the area.
- Take a painkiller. An over-the-counter painkiller, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, can reduce inflammation and take the sting out of the injury.
- Seek medical advice. Even though the injury may seem minor, it is always advisable to have a dog bite wound checked out by a medical professional because of risk of infection.
The New Jersey Dog Bite Lawyer David Cowhey specializes in helping the victims of dog bite injury pursue justice. If you, your child, or other loved one has suffered a severe injury in a dog bite attack, please call David Cowhey at (609) 513-0627 or contact us online for a free consultation. Mr. Cowhey welcomes clients throughout the state of New Jersey.