First aid for dog bite:

Dog bites sometimes it could be very serious. If the animal is suffering from rabies it is possibilities of being transmitted to the person bitten. If the dog that bites a person should not be killed. It should be kept under observation for a ten-day period. And if the dog remains healthy after this period then the risk of rabies to the person bitten is low. There is still the frighten of rabies occurring sometimes, months or years after the bite even if the animal does not die during the ten-day period.

The dog bitten management:

Wipe the saliva away from the wound using a clean cloth. Do not come with the saliva that gets wiped off.
Wash the wound thoroughly with plenty of water and soap.
Cover the wound with a dry sterile cloth.
Get medical aid or send the person to hospital as soon as possible.

The important measures are to irrigate the wound thoroughly and take oral antibiotics for five days.

Signs and symptoms:

Some cases of the bite will not break the skin but it causes damage to the underlying tendons and joints. The skin is broken there and it is the additional possibility of infection as well as injury to tendons and nerves. Dogs have powerful jaws and it can cause crushing injuries to bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Signs of an infection include:
Warmth around the wound
A pus discharge
Redness around the wound
Signs of damage to tendons and nerves.

First aid:
If the wound is superficial, then wash the area thoroughly. Use soap and water or an antiseptic such as hydrogen peroxide or alcohol. And apply an antibiotic ointment and cover with a non-stick bandage. So watch the area carefully to see if there are signs of damaged nerves or tendons. But the wound should heal within a week to 10 days. If it does not, or if you see signs of infection or damage to nerves and tendons, then visit doctor immediately. If the wound is bleeding then apply direct pressure with a clean dry cloth.

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