dog bites

Treat Dog Bites Naturally

Dog bites are scary, especially if you don’t know the animal or the owner. In most cases bites aren’t all that serious, but because the mouth of a dog is full of bacteria it can lead to a serious infection. Clean the wound immediately and watch for signs of infection. If you or a loved one are bitten by a dog and you don’t know it’s medical history you will need to seek medical attention immediately as rabies is always a concern when dealing with unfamiliar dog bites.

 

How do I know if I have an infected dog bite?

  • Fever
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Increased pain
  • Sensitivity
  • Redness around the bite

 

How do I prevent dog bites?

  • Never pet or approach an unfamiliar dog.
  • Never tease or provoke a dog, even one you  know.
  • Supervise your children when they are playing with animals such as dogs.
  • Don’t mess with or allow your children to mess with a dog while it is eating.

 

How can I treat dog bites?

  • Clean bites with agrimony, witch hazel or yarrow as these will both clean and promote healing.
  • Marigold is known for its antibacterial properties.
  • Tea tree and aloe promote healing and protect against infection.
  • Apply pressure with a clean cloth until bleeding stops; if bleeding does not stop seek medical attention immediately.
  • Once the wound is clean, dress with aloe or tea tree and cover with a bandage.
  • Use lavender oil to prevent swelling and promote healing.
  • Remember to change the bandage and dressing daily.
  • You can use a drop or two of clove oil to help relieve pain.
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