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Dog Bite Prevention And Treatment

Posted May 17 2009 10:36pm

There has been a small rat-terrier looking dog hanging around my house the last few days. I don’t know where he came from but he’s not approachable. He’s not approachable meaning that if you try to approach him, he barks at you and then kind of runs away a little. He’s kind of skittish and I’ve tried to run him off a few times but he seems to come back.

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Image source: sxc.hu

I haven’t fed him and there is no food source around the house for him so I don’t know what his problem is. My son said that it tried to chase him yesterday but I really don’t believe him. I think the dog might have been wanting to play. The dog is small enough that if it were to get near me to try to bite I would probably hurt it very badly before it had a chance to hurt me. I don’t like small, aggressive animals and I can “take care” of the problem fairly quickly if it needs to be done.

I think mean or aggressive dogs are the product of bad owners and perhaps bad breeding standards. I think it’s all in the up-bringing just like humans.

Children are bitten by dogs far more than adults are. Perhaps it’s because they are more prone to run away or more prone to approach an unfamiliar dog. It’s important that you teach your children not to approach an unfamiliar dog and to notify an adult if they see one. You never know where a dog has been, if it is friendly or if it could be diseased.

According to an article on MSN Health, children are likely to be treated for a dog bite than an adult would be. Probably because we worry about our children more than our own health and figure that we’re big enough to handle it. Here are a few prevention and treatments for dog bites. to read the entire list visit MSNHealth.com. These are good suggestions and you should teach them to your families.

Prevent a dog bite:

  • Avoid unfamiliar dogs or any dogs acting strangely. Just stay away from them if you can.
  • Don’t run from, scream at or startle a dog.
  • Remain motionless if approached by an unfamiliar, possibly threatening dog.

If you are bitten:

  • Tell children to immediately inform an adult and seek medical attention.
  • If bleeding, put pressure on the wound and clean the area with running water.
  • If you develop a fever or other signs of infection, such as swelling, redness, pain, a bad smell or fluid draining from the area, see a doctor immediately.

Lastly, this is my farewell. After almost two years of writing about Men’s Health, first on Health and Men and then to hear with the Blisstree transition. It’s been a fun two years and I’ve learned more about health just by blogging. I’ve met a lot of wonderful people and I will miss health blogging, but I must move on to other opportunities. I’m sure whoever takes over will do just as well if not better and take the Blisstree Men’s Health section to a whole new level. Good luck, good health and thank you. ~ Scott

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Dog Bite Prevention And Treatment


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