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    First Aid Guide – Treating animal bites


    Treating animal bites is relatively straightforward, particularly if it is just a nip and doesn’t break the skin. Having a first aid kit handy is ideal as it contains everything you will need to treat and dress the wound. Start by examining the wound to determine whether there is signs of bleeding. If the wound has not broken the skin, treat it as a minor wound and wash with soap and warm water. Dress the wound with a bandage, applying an antibiotic cream or ointment first if you have it. Keep an eye on the wound for signs of inflammation, swelling, redness or oozing as this could mean the wound is infected. Seek medical attention if this appears to be the case. For deeper wounds, apply pressure to the wound to slow the bleeding and seek medical advice immediately. If the wound was made by a domestic cat or dog, it is unlikely that the animal carries rabies but if this is suspected you must call for medical attention immediately. This is rare as rabies is normally found in further reaching continents and is normally carried by wilder animals.

    Causes of animal bites

    Domestic animals may still bite during play, but this will rarely break the skin therefore can be treated at home. However, if you are bitten by another person’s domestic animal, it may be cause for some concern, particularly if your wound is bleeding or has torn the skin. Treating animal bites like this requires a medical professional. Should you have antagonised the animal, then the animal may have been trained to attack or you may have frightened the animal. The animal may then defend itself, depending on the breed. On the other hand, if you were not antagonising the animal or you were just passing by as you were attacked, the owner may be subject to court action. If you were injured in any way, you may also be able to claim compensation for your injuries. Accident Advice Helpline are a reputable law firm which can represent you should you wish to pursue personal injury compensation. You can speak with our team over the phone or contact us via our website to discuss your case in confidence.

    Date Published: October 1, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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