10 Apr National Dog Bite Prevention Week
We all love our dogs, most of the time we think of them as sweet and innocent but, dogs could potentially bite anyone or anything at anytime. With 78 millions American households owning at least one dog, many other people are potentially at risk, especially children. Here are some responsible tips, and safety tips, for dog owners and dog lovers.
What to do if you are accidentally bitten or attacked by a dog:
Always Wash Wounds with Soap and Water!
Diseases You Can Get from Dog Bites:
- Rabies is one of the most serious diseases people can get from dog bites. Although it is rare, it is still a risk. Rabies is a virus that affects the brain and is almost always fatal once symptoms appear. Rabies virus is most commonly spread through the bite and saliva of an infected animal. The disease can be prevented by vaccinating dogs.
- Capnocytophaga bacteria live in the mouths of people, dogs, and cats. This bacteria type does not make dogs or cats sick. Rarely, it can spread to people through bites, scratches, or close contact from a dog or cat and cause illness. Most people don’t become sick, but those with weakened immune systems are more of a risk.
- Pasteurella is a type of bacteria seen in over half of infected dog bite wounds. It commonly causes a painful, red infection at the site of the bite, but can cause a more serious disease in people with weakened immune systems. There may also be swollen glands, swelling in joints, and difficulty moving.
- MSRA is a type of staph infection that is resistant to a certain group of antibiotics. Dogs can carry MRSA without showing any symptoms, but the bacteria can cause skin, lung, and urinary tract infections in people. In some people, MRSA can spread to the bloodstream or lungs and cause life-threatening infections.
- Tetanus is a toxin produced by a type of bacteria called Clostridium tetani. This toxin causes rigid paralysis in people and could be a problem in deep bite wounds.
Author: Paige Lukosavich
Last updated: January 11, 2019
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