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Dog Bite Information

Most Dog Bite are provoked and caused by a known animal. Infection can set in within a day of teh bite, resulting in severe cellulitis and pus formation. Occasionally Dog Bite can become a generalized sepsis. The infecting organisms are usually heterogenous. If a dog or cat that bit you appeared to be healthy at the time of the bite, it's unlikely that the animal had rabies. However, it's a good idea to take some precautions if you're bitten by a dog or cat. The most common bite site is the face and in most cases the dog that bit was their own dog, a friend's or neighbour's dog and the bite occurred at someone's home. Dog bite statistics are alarming.  We need to do more to educate the public on what to do to avoid an aggressive encounter with a dog, and how to respond when you find yourself in danger of being bitten. Dogs bite because they don't want you near them, or an area they may be "protecting."  Be it fear, or whatever reason, the dog wants to put distance between himself and you. 

Grave illness like tetanus and rabies can follow.

Dog Born Diseases:

Hookworm infestation is common in both dogs and cats. Human are infected by stepping on dog excrement. Dogs are also hosts for nematode echinococous. Cysts are excreted in the feces. Humans are infected by food or water contaminated with dogs feces.

Echinococous infection in humans gives rise to hydatid cysts. Dog fleas transmit a wide variety of diseases.

How you can avoid dog bites:

  • Never approach an unfamiliar dog.
  • Never run from or scream at a dog.
  • Be "still like a tree" when an unfamiliar dog comes up to you.
  • If a dog knocks you over, roll into a ball and stay still.
  • Do not try to separate fighting animals.
  • Avoid sick animals and animals that you don't know.
  • Leave animals alone while they're eating.
  • Keep pets on a leash when in public.
  • Never play with a dog unless supervised by an adult.
  • Tell an adult if you see a stray dog or a dog acting strangely.
  • Don't look a dog right in the eye.
  • Don't disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating or caring for puppies.
  • Don't play with a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first.
  • If a dog bites you, tell an adult right away.
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