Dog Bites: What to Do and How to Prevent Them

Dog bites are a common type of injury, with over 4.5 million dog bites reported in the United States each year. Dog bites can be serious, and they can lead to infection, permanent scarring, and even death.

What to do if you are bitten by a dog

If you are bitten by a dog, it is important to do the following:

  1. Wash the wound with soap and water // This will help to prevent infection.
  2. Seek medical attention. Even if the wound seems minor, it is important to see a doctor to make sure that you do not have an infection.
  3. Report the bite to the local animal control agency. This will help to ensure that the dog is quarantined and tested for rabies.

How to prevent dog bites

There are a number of things you can do to prevent dog bites, including:

  • Ask permission before petting a dog. Even if the dog seems friendly, it is important to ask permission before petting it.
  • Do not approach a dog that is eating, sleeping, or caring for its puppies.
  • Do not play aggressive games with dogs.
  • Teach your children how to interact with dogs safely.:

What to do if your dog bites someone

If your dog bites someone, it is important to do the following:

  1. Immediately apologize to the victim and offer to help them.
  2. Exchange contact information with the victim.
  3. Report the bite to your insurance company.
  4. Take your dog to the veterinarian to be quarantined and tested for rabies.


Dog bites are a serious problem, but they can be prevented. By following the tips above, you can help to keep yourself and others safe from dog bites.

Additional tips:

  • Be aware of the signs that a dog is about to bite. These signs may include growling, snarling, baring teeth, and flattening ears.
  • If you see a dog that is behaving aggressively, back away slowly and do not make eye contact.
  • Carry a can of pepper spray or mace with you when you are walking or running. This can be used to deter a dog from attacking.
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