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Dog bites need medical attention to prevent infection

As the summer months march on, people are spending time outside. Sometimes, animals are out with their humans. It is imperative that all dog owners ensure that their pets are behaving in an appropriate manner. When a dog is too aggressive to be around humans, it should be properly contained.

There is a chance that a person will be attacked when a vicious dog isn't contained. The bite wounds that result can be very painful and will likely require medical care. One reason why you need to be sure that you see a doctor is that there is a very real possibility of infection with these wounds.

Bacteria is present in the mouth of a dog. This is pushed into the bite wound by the teeth when they break through the skin and pierce other tissues. Since bacteria thrive in environments that are warm, dark and moist, the puncture wounds provide the perfect place for growth.

An infected wound is going to be even more painful than the initial bite. The area is likely going to be red and warm. There might be a discharge coming from the wounds that smells bad. All of these are signs that you need to receive medical care.

There are some cases in which doctors might choose to err on the side of caution and prescribe antibiotics as soon as the bite happens. This might help prevent an infection from occurring.

Dog bites can be a difficult injury to recover from. In severe cases, scarring and disfigurement are present. These will last a lifetime and can have a profound impact on the victim. In these cases, seeking compensation might be in order.

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