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.
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.