What To Do When A Dog Bites You?

Dogs, our beloved furry companions, are known for their loyalty and affection.

Most of the time, they’re eager to wag their tails, play, and shower us with love.

However, just like humans can have bad days, dogs can sometimes feel scared or threatened and might react by biting.

It’s crucial to be prepared and know what steps to to when a dog bites you.

So, let’s dive into this article about “what to do when a dog bites you”.

Steps Right After A Bite

Check The Wound

Firstly, don’t panic.

Take a deep breath and carefully inspect the bite.

Is it just a nip, leaving a small mark, or has the dog’s tooth broken the skin, causing a bigger wound?

Fun fact: Dogs have different types of teeth in their mouth, from sharp canines to flat molars.

Depending on which tooth bit you, the wound can look different.

If there’s bleeding, try to stop it by pressing down on the wound with a clean cloth or tissue.

Clean The Bite Spot

In ancient times, warriors would clean their wounds to keep them from getting infected.

Similarly, it’s essential to wash the bitten area immediately.

Using soap and warm water, gently clean around the bite.

This helps get rid of harmful germs that might cause an infection.

After washing, a protective bandage acts like a shield, keeping dirt and more germs out.

Remember The Details

Have you ever played the detective in your backyard, trying to solve pretend mysteries?

It’s time to wear that detective hat again!

Recalling the details about the dog can be very helpful.

What was its size, color, and breed?

Were there any unique marks or tags?

Knowing these details can help, especially if medical professionals need to know about potential rabies exposure.

About The Dog That Bit

Dog You Know Vs. Stray Dog

Now, let’s figure out the dog’s backstory.

Was it someone’s pet or a wandering stray?

If the dog belongs to a person you know, gently inform them.

This is crucial, especially to find out about the dog’s vaccination history.

For strays, remember, they might be scared or unwell, so always be cautious.

Did you know many stray dogs were once pets?

They might be lost and just as scared as you are!

Holding The Dog Safely

If the dog is calm and you can safely keep it in one place, great!

But, remember our fairy tale lessons?

Just like you wouldn’t chase a dragon on your own, don’t try to catch a scared dog alone.

It’s best to call animal control or another professional for help.

How To Talk To The Dog’s Owner

When discussing the incident with the dog’s owner, keep calm.

Did you know dogs can sense tension?

If you’re stressed, it might make the dog more anxious, too.

Politely inform them about what happened and inquire about any recent vaccinations, especially rabies.

Getting Help After The Bite

See A Doctor

Here’s a little-known tip: Some dog saliva can have bacteria that are not friendly to humans.

Even if the bite doesn’t look too bad, seeing a doctor is a wise choice.

They can assess the bite, clean it up further, and provide any necessary medicines or shots.

Watch For Signs Of Trouble

Dog bite tales can sometimes have unexpected twists.

The bite area might start feeling different after a while.

If you notice any changes, like increased redness, swelling, or warmth, it could be a sign of infection.

Always seek medical help if you’re worried.

Letting The Right People Know

Reporting The Bite

Ever heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child”?

Well, it takes a community to keep everyone safe.

When a dog bites, it’s like a stone dropped in a pond, creating ripples that affect more than just the person bitten.

It’s essential for local heroes like animal control officers or the police to know.

This way, they can check if the dog is okay and if other people might be at risk.

Most people don’t know this, but reporting a bite can sometimes save other dogs.


If there’s a pattern, like a particular area where many dogs are scared and acting out, the community might look into making that space safer for our furry friends.

Talk To People Who Can Help

Life can sometimes feel like a big maze, full of twisty turns.

After a dog bite, you might feel lost about what to do next.

That’s where some grown-up guides can come in handy.

Lawyers, who are like pathfinders, can help you understand any rules or laws about dog bites.

It’s like having a map in our confusing maze.

And if you’re feeling a storm of emotions inside, counselors are like expert weather forecasters.

They help you understand those feelings, ensuring you have an umbrella for rainy days.

Feeling Better And Staying Safe

Dealing With Scary Feelings

Remember those big, fluffy clouds?

They look soft from far away, but sometimes they bring rain.

Just like clouds, our feelings can change.

Being bitten can make you feel like a rainy day, even if you’re usually sunny.

It’s okay to feel this way.

You’re not alone.

Many kids and even grown-ups might feel the same if it happened to them.

A neat fact most don’t know?

Talking about it can act like a rainbow, making things brighter.

Share your feelings with someone who listens well, maybe a parent, teacher, or friend.

Learning Dog Safety

Now, here’s a golden nugget of wisdom many don’t know: Dogs have a language all their own!

By learning about dog safety, you’re basically becoming a doggy detective, understanding their secret signals.

Did you know dogs yawn when they’re nervous, not just tired?

Or that a wagging tail doesn’t always mean a happy dog?

By learning these signs, you’re not just keeping yourself safe but also making a dog’s world a bit brighter.

And sharing this knowledge with friends?

You’re spreading the magic, making everyone a bit of a doggy detective.

Before You Go…

You now know what to do when a dog bites you.

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Dimitra Kokologianni, DVM
Dimitra holds a Masters’s degree in public health and a Bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine. She is a versatile professional with over 7 years of experience. Her passion for animal welfare and preventive medicine makes her an excellent resource for our readers.