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Dog bites: The risk of infection is high for victims

| Feb 7, 2017 | Animal Bites |

Dog bites pose many risks beyond the initial punctures and tears. The American Pet Product Manufacturers Association states that there are around 77.5 million dogs in the U.S. Around 2 percent of people are bitten annually, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The most at-risk group of people are those between the ages of 5 and 9 years old. Boys are particularly at risk for being bitten. Around half of bites are considered to be unprovoked, with the number of bites seeming to grow in dogs that have not yet been neutered.

Although some dog breeds are demonized as being dangerous, any dog is capable of biting. When it does, the main injury is the first concern, followed second by the risk for infection. Bite wound infections are polymicrobial. Some common pathogens include capnocytopaga, staphylococcus, and C. canimorsus.

The dog is the most common transmitter of rabies worldwide, with over 95 percent of reported cases coming from them. The need for rabies shots depends on the health of the animal. For instance, if it seems healthy or has vaccination records, you may only need treatment if the dog develops signs of rabies within 10 days. Comparatively, a dog that appears ill can be euthanized and tested for rabies. Postexposure treatment is started immediately if rabies is suspected.

For victims, getting the compensation they need to cover this medical treatment is important. The owner is liable for the actions of his pet. The victim has every right to seek out a claim in court to seek compensation. Our website has more information.


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