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Taking steps for dog bite prevention

Dogs provide comfort, companionship and protection for businesses and families across New Hampshire. However, many dogs are not friendly towards strangers, even if you are not on “their property.” At The Law Offices of Stephen C. Brown & Associates, we often represent clients injured by a dog bite.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dog bites can cause nerve damage and severe injury. If the wound becomes infected, you could be at risk for illness and potentially death. There are steps you can take if a dog approaches you and you do not wish to interact with it.

  • Remain calm
  • Do not make direct eye contact with the dog.
  • Do not make any sudden movements.
  • Keep the side of your body, not the front, facing the dog.
  • Wait for the dog to walk past you, or slowly back away.
  • Try to keep a jacket, purse or another item between you and the dog if it attacks.

If bitten, report the incident to the authorities, especially if you are not familiar with the dog or if it acts strangely. There are more than 60 different kinds of bacteria found in a dog’s mouth, and a few types of these germs can make you sick. MRSA is a type of staph infection that can cause urinary tract, skin and lung infections. It is also resistant to a specific group of antibiotics. Tetanus and rabies can also be the result of a dog bite and if not treated promptly and correctly, may cause life-threatening infections.

Children are more at risk than adults and dogs bite more men than women. Understanding how to prevent bites and what steps to take if preventive measures fail is critical to getting the care and compensation you need for the recovery process. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.

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