We love our pets and treat them like family. We try to give them the best care and quality of life possible, but as hard as we try accidents do happen. Even the gentlest dog who manages to escape its owner can become nervous and react with the primary defense mechanism it knows—biting.
If you are bitten there are a few steps you must take.
Put immediate pressure on the wound.
If the dog’s owner is present exchange information and request the name of their veterinarian to confirm rabies vaccinations are up to date.
If the owner is not present call animal control and 911 to report the bite.
Treat the wound as soon as possible by cleaning and sterilizing.
If the dog’s owner was not present it is recommended to get the bite treated and get a rabies shot.
If you are the owner of the dog secure the dog and exchange your information with the injured. If the police have been called stay at the scene. Be prepared for the dog to be quarantined and to provide proof of all vaccinations.
In a worst case scenario, an attack, secure the dog and call 911.
No one wants to be in this situation but being prepared for it is part of being a responsible dog owner.
Have all of your dog’s medical records, license history and other pertinent information organized and easy to access. Know your local dog bite laws and what to do in the event it happens. Likely medical bills will arise from the bite and you should be prepared to pay these bills out of pocket or with insurance if you have that coverage.
Unfortunately there are instances where these things cannot be dealt with between two parties and it may be necessary to contact a lawyer that specializes in dog bite cases. We at Attorney Jim Brady and Associates have handled scores of dog bite cases. Please call us if we can be of assistance.