Dog Bites

The Humane Society of the United States reports each year almost five million people in the country are bitten by dogs, and 80 percent of them are by canines they know and interact with on a regular basis.

Doctor George Thomas is the medical director for Greenview Regional Hospital's Emergency Room and he says during warm months he sees accidents, injuries, and dog bites.

Dr. Thomas says: "Most of the bites we see are usually simple bites, usually puncture bites from the teeth themselves"

Dr. Thomas says many of those kinds of bites are provoked, meaning the dog felt threatened, thought you were going to take his food away, or he was fighting with another animal.

However there are bites that are more severe. Dr. Thomas says: "If it's a more aggressive animal, we see more severe bites, lacerating tears and injuries."

If a dog bites you, Dr. Thomas recommends washing off the wound with soap and water, put a dry dressing and over it, and get to your closest local healthcare facility.

Once you get to a hospital the doctors will make sure your tetanus shots are up to date, check for rabies, and infections.