Animal Bite Treatment: What You Need To Know
Many people enjoy being around animals, and most of the time they are safe. However, animal encounters can sometimes turn tragic, with serious injuries or even fatalities. While most animal attacks involve dogs or cats, the truth is that any animal you encounter could become aggressive. Bites can seem minor, but develop complications later on. If you have been bitten by an animal, our attorneys at The Law Offices of Christian J. Amendt will assist you as you explore your options.
Dog And Cat Bites
Dogs and cats comprise a majority of all animal bite cases. Most attacks stem from an animal that has been surprised or feels threatened, but other cases involve dogs or cats that are simply aggressive. In these cases, their owners can be held liable for the resulting injuries.
Small Jaws, Big Consequences
Just because a pet is small does not mean it is harmless. Ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils and other small animals can still break the skin and cause significant bleeding.
Birds: No Teeth, No Problem?
You may be lulled into complacency around pet birds. After all, pets with no teeth couldn’t bite that hard, could they? Actually yes, they can. In fact, the bites of some parrots are almost as strong as large dogs. Bird owners have lost eyes, fingers and suffered other serious injuries from their pets. Be careful.
Urban Wildlife Encounters
In cities, animal habitats overlap with dense population, so you often encounter wild animals that are not afraid of humans. Rabies is always a concern in these bite cases. In California, by far the most common rabies carriers are bats, followed by raccoons, skunks and foxes. Woodchucks have also been known to attack humans, and any bite should be immediately examined by a doctor.
Though rabies transmission is technically possible from other wildlife, smaller animals such as hamsters, guinea pigs, squirrels and rabbits have not been known to cause rabies among humans in the United States, according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.
What To Do After A Bite
For minor bites, cleanse the wound with soap and water and apply a clean dressing. Compression may be required to stop the bleeding for more significant injuries. Medical treatment is always recommended, even for seemingly minor injuries. Doctors best know how to treat animal bites.
Unless you know an animal’s vaccination history, you will need to have it tested for rabies. If possible, have a specialist capture it and bring it into a testing facility.
If you no longer have access to the animal, you will have to undergo a course of rabies treatment, just to be on the safe side. Consult with your physician.
Helping You With Animal Bite Legal Questions
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