Dog Bite

Natural and herbal remedies for the treatment of dog bites.

Dog Bite

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What is a Dog Bite?

Many people live by the assumption that their loveable pet would never bite, and we are often very trusting when it comes to our furry four-legged friends. However, dogs, whether we know them or not, are just like any other animal and they have the potential to bite. A dog bite can cause bruising, break or puncture the skin and even crush bones.

Treatment therefore depends on the severity of the bite, however, it must be noted that even a mild dog bite can lead to serious infection if the wound is not cleansed properly. Symptoms of an infection may include a fever, swelling, increased pain and sensitivity of the affected area and redness around the bite.

In addition, anyone bitten by an unvaccinated dog (or a dog that is not their own) should seek immediate medical treatment where a rabies vaccine will be administered. Rabies is a potentially fatal disease, spread by rabid animals - a condition that needs immediate medical attention before symptoms develop.

Help for a Dog Bite

There are a number of herbal and homeopathic ingredients that work effectively at cleansing wounds, preventing infection and promoting faster healing. To treat and clean a dog bite, herbal ingredients such as Agrimony, Witch hazel and Yarrow can be used topically to promote the natural healing process of cellular tissue and guard against infection.

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These ingredients also have natural astringent properties and are commonly used to stop the bleeding of open wounds, abrasions and cuts. Marigold is also known for its anti-bacterial properties and is often referred to as nature’s first-aid solution. Tea Tree and Aloe are two other natural ingredients with very powerful healing and protective qualities that have a long history when treating wounds and promoting growth and healing of skin tissue.

Arnica has powerful anti-inflammatory and tissue healing properties, whileMagnesium phosphoricum and Matricaria recutita also have unique soothing, anti-inflammatory and natural pain relieving capacities.

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Tips for treating a dog bite:
  • If the bite is bleeding, apply pressure to the wound with a clean dry cloth until the bleeding stops. If the wound is deep, or the bleeding does not stop, seek medical attention as stitches may be necessary.
  • Once the bleeding has stopped, clean the dog bite with warm water and soap, and then cleans the wound thoroughly with a natural cleansing solution. Once the wound is thoroughly cleansed, apply an anti-bacterial or healing gel directly to the wound and wrap the wound in a clean dressing.
  • A bite that starts swelling excessively or is incredibly painful may also need medical attention. Your physician may recommend X-rays to determine if any bones have been broken.
  • All bite wounds should be observed for 24 to 48 hours. If the area becomes increasingly painful, swollen or red, then an infection may have set in, in which case medical attention may be necessary.
  • As always, prevention is always better than cure. Parents should teach their children never to pet unfamiliar dogs without asking the owner first, and never tease or provoke any dog. Always supervise your child when they spending time with animals.

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