Tips for Dog Attacks and Bites

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If your dog bites someone, your first reaction might be shock or to panic. However, it is important to take swift action if a dog bite occurs. Don’t delay – if your dog bites someone, take the following necessary steps:

• Confine your dog to a crate of another room.

• Help the bite victim and wash the wound thoroughly with warm, soapy water.

• Be courteous and sympathetic to the bite victim. Avoid laying blame or getting defensive. Remember what you say may be used against you later if legal or civil action is taken.

• Contact a medical professional for the bite victim. Depending on the severity of the bite, an ambulance may be needed.

• Exchange contact information with the victim. Provide your insurance information, if applicable.

• If there were witnesses, obtain their contact information.

• Contact your veterinarian and obtain your dog’s medical records. Inform local authorities of the incident and comply with their orders.

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