How to React to and Treat a Dog Bite

No matter how much we love our dogs, and no matter how much they love us,
accidents do happen and its not that unusual to get bitten by your own dog (or for
your dog to bite a friend or relative).

Whatever the reason for the bite, here are some times on how to react to, and treat,
a dog bite. If the wound is small the bite will heal quickly, but the psychological
trauma of being bitten by your dog may stay with you for a long time.

Always remember that if your dog bites you, it is never without a reason...and dogs almost always gives us ample notice that something is wrong - even if we are not always capable of understanding their cues.

First of all, if you've been taking care of your dog so that it is healthy and has had all its shots and vaccinations, you will no doubt have less to worry about than if you had bitten by a stray dog...there is no telling how many or what kinds of diseases it may be carrying.

In either case, you should have the bite checked out by a doctor. The doctor will most likely disinfect the wound and put a bandage on it. you may also receive a shot to prevent any complications.

Depending on the severity of the bite, and the circumstances around it, it might be a good idea to take your dog to your vet. The bite may be an indication that there is something seriously wrong with it. Of course, you should also evaluate your training methods - if any. Sometimes bites are simply a result of poor, or lack of, training.

What about if you were bitten by a stray dog? How can you prevent such attacks from happening again? Had it been your dog, we know that training and a visit to the vet might help prevent such things from happening again. But you can't do the same with a stray dog.

Check your local laws for compliance, but some people do carry dog spray - which is a non lethal chemical (like pepper spray) designed to deter a dog attack. Some people carry pepper spray for just this reason. You can also carry a dog whistle with you that, when blown, can only be heard by dogs and is usually sufficiently irritating to them that they will leave you alone.

Most importantly, getting over a dog bite is paramount if you are to live happily ever after with your dog.