Pet Aggression: What to Do Once You Are Bitten or Scratched By Your Pet

Wash the wound site with water and soap immediately after your pet bites you. If you feel yourself getting feverish, visit a doctor immediately.

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If your pet has been acting a bit aggressive lately, you need to beware because, at any moment, they might scratch or bite you.

Let's say you have a dog. While you were watching TV, your dog was asking for attention. However, your favorite show was on, so you would scratch his head for a few seconds and then take your hand back. This happened a couple of times, and then you stopped. After a few minutes, you felt a sharp pain on your wrist that jolted you out of the sofa, shouting with pain. As you looked down, you saw your dog baring his teeth and looking aggressively at you!

You see two puncture wounds on your wrist that get redder with every second. You reprimand him for his bad behavior and slap band-aids on the wounds after washing your wrist.

Now, answer this: Don't you think you should have done more to ensure the wound didn't become infected?

Our opinion: Yes!

Let’s find out why:

Risks Associated with Pet Bites

Cat and dog bites can be very dangerous. They can affect your health in various ways, from flu to bacteria that travel to vital organs and stop their function. Following are a few health problems that a pet bite can cause:

·Excessive bleeding

·Infections, like Capnocytophaga bacteria that causes sepsis

·Tetanus, which is caused by bacteria called Clostridium tetani

·Rabies, which is a serious viral infection

·Sepsis (When the infection spreads to vital organs

·Septicemia (blood poisoning)

·Cellulitis (An infection that spreads beyond the bite’s surrounding tissue)

·Flu-like symptoms that can be deadly

Treatment for Pet Bites and Scratches
For Shallow Bites

If your pet has been immunized, you don't need to worry much about your health. Here's what you should do after a bite:

·Run water on the bite area and then wash it with soap. Do not scrub the wound, or you will bruise the tissue. Gently rub an antiseptic cream or lotion on it.

·Monitor yourself for signs of infection such as pain, swelling, increased redness, fluid leaking, or fever. If the bite seems to be getting bigger and worse, visit a doctor immediately.

For Deeper Bites

·If the wound site is bleeding, use a clean bandage to stop the bleeding. Keep pressure on the wound for at least 5 to 10 minutes.

·Run water on the bite area and then wash it with soap. Do not scrub the wound, or you will bruise the tissue.

·Let the wound dry, and then cover it using a sterile dressing. Avoid using butterfly bandages or tape as this can trap the bacterial inside.

·Monitor yourself for signs of infection such as pain, swelling, increased redness, fluid leaking, or fever

·Visit a doctor immediately and get the wound checked out

Not all pet scratches are serious. As mentioned earlier, if your pet is immunized, the wound site will probably not get infected. However, it would be best if you acted fast because it's the bacteria in your pet's mouth that causes the problem. Washing their saliva off should do the trick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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