A dog bite is painful and dangerous and instills a fear of the animal. It is said that roughly 20,000 deaths in India occur due to Rabies through dog bites. What is alarming is that 36% of the world’s rabies deaths occur in our country each year. Unfortunately, most victims are children who are bitten by infected dogs.
Astonishingly enough, a person is more likely to get a dog bite from a dog he is familiar with than by a street dog! So basically, you can be bitten by a dog when you least expect it, and there probably isn’t much you can do to prevent it.
Even if the dog bite is harmless to look at, it can lead to serious infections or rabies, and eventually result in death.
In case of a dog bite, you can provide first aid, but it is best to get it looked at by a doctor. This is even more important in cases of a dog bite from an unfamiliar or unknown dog. If the wound does not stop bleeding or there is pus formation or redness with swelling, and if the bitten region is warmer than the other parts of the body, you need to see a doctor ASAP. A dog bite must be treated with antibiotics or it will lead to infections.
Here is a general but important protocol to follow (as suggested by experts) in case of a dog bite:
- – Clean the bite wound with soap and water, gently
- – Gently pat it dry
- – If it is bleeding, apply pressure on to it to stop the bleeding
- – Put a sterile bandage over the wound
- – Alleviate the wounded region to a level higher than the heart. This helps in slowing down the swelling and prevents infection
- – Apply antibiotics daily
It is imperative to visit a doctor if:
- The dog bite wound is large, deep and gaping
- If you are a diabetic, cancer patient or have AIDS
- If you any other diseases that reduce your immunity
- If the wound has not stopped bleeding after 15 minutes of applying pressure
- If there is a nerve or tissue damage due to dog bite
- If in the last five years you have not taken a tetanus vaccine
- If you are bitten by a stray dog or an unknown dog
Possible Complications in Dog Bite
Thousands of dog bites are reported each year all over the country. Most of these bites are not serious and require little medical assistance. Children, more than adults, tend to get dog bites more often. If you or someone close to you have gotten a dog bite, it may develop into serious complications. Some of the problems that may give rise to dog bite infections or other serious issues are as follows:
- Disfigurement: A bite from a big, large and ferocious dog can cause serious damage. Given that the attack itself might be serious, it may cause large-scale disfigurement and scarring. Although rare, there have been reported cases from various parts of the country where dogs have bitten off limbs of smaller children. Facial injuries caused by dog bites or scratches can also lead to scarring that may stay a lifetime.
- Rabies: Rabies is a disease that causes acute inflammation of the brain. This disease is seen in warm-blooded animals. Most pet dogs are vaccinated from rabies, however, if you get bitten or scratched by street dogs that have lesser chances of being locally vaccinated, you need to get medical help as soon as possible. Rabies is almost fatal as the body starts showing symptoms of the same.
- Sepsis: This rare complication caused by a dog bite injury is commonly referred to as blood poisoning. It is a potentially fatal inflammation of the affected area that can lead to serious complications. High fever, elevated heart rate and low blood pressure are some of the symptoms of sepsis. Although treatable with antibiotics in milder cases, it may turn lethal if the infection has spread.
- Meningitis: This is an inflammation of the membrane which covers the spinal cord and the lining of the brain. Since the inflammation occurs near some of the most important body parts, meningitis may sometimes be life-threatening. Bacteria or viruses present in the dog’s saliva can give meningitis to the person bitten.
Food preferences after a dog bite are a “non issue”. What DOES matter is that you immediately clean the wound and apply an antibacterial medication and a dressing (bandage), then you need to find out if the dog has his rabies vaccination up to date.
This happened to me as well while trying to breakup a dogfight. Within eight hours my hand was pink and swollen and my temp was 102 (I NEVER get a temperature no matter how sick I get!). So….WATCH THAT WOUND!!! And if you feel the least bit ill, even if it looks ok, just go to the Dr. or Emergency Room.
What you should be concerned about is possibly getting the rabies virus ( if its a stray dog ). Or a bacteria called pasturella. Watch out for skin that has swelled to the point of cellulitis, along with fever and chills.
Restrictions like avoiding oily, spicy and non vegetarian food during illness is a good practice, but sometimes it goes beyond the level of acceptance like avoiding fruits and taking maida based bread during illness and consuming milk while having gastro-enteritis.
There are no dietary restrictions following a dog bite and you can eat whatever you like to have.
Nothing other than what you would normally not eat. Do eat a balanced diet so your body has all the nutrients it needs to heal itself. And do seek medical help if the wound is severe or if you don’t known the dog that bit you or if you’re not sure if the dog that bite you has been vaccinated for rabies and is otherwise healthy. Add healthy foods which are full of nutrition. it will help your body to recover faster.
You can eat anything you desire. There are no food restrictions to be trailed dog bite. I would encourage you to get rabies vaccination notwithstanding Tetanus injection. You ought to likewise deal with the injury.
All things considered, there are no dietary restrictions.
There are no special diets for people who have been bitten by dogs, and no foods to avoid or choose.
After being bitten by a dog, the most important question to answer is whether or not the dog was vaccinated for rabies.
If the dog that bit you is known to you, or the dog can be found, it is most important to find out when the last time was that dog received a rabies vaccination (shot).
If the dog was up to date on its shots, there is no need to worry about getting rabies. If not, then the dog most likely will be put into quarantine (a supervised kennel or home care) under supervision to make sure that the dog does not become sick or die.
If the dog cannot be found, seek immediate medical care. The person that was bit may need to have rabies shots.
Rabies is common in some countries like India but very rare in countries like the USA. If more dogs were vaccinated, this terrible disease could be a thing of the past.
There are no special diet for people who have been bitten by dogs and no food to avoid or choose.
– Drink plenty of water and have fruits and vegetables and nuts
– Take care of your wounds .keep it dry and clean
– No dietery restriction
Dog bites and food to avoid have nothing to do with each other.
But foods you should always avoid;
- Brussels sprouts
- liver and onions
- sweet potatoes
Nothing other than what you would normally not eat. Do eat a balanced diet so your body has all the nutrients it needs to heal itself. And do seek medical help if the wound is severe or if you dont knownthe dog that bit you or if you’re not sure if the dog that bit you has been vaccinated for rabies and is otherwise healthy
Researchers have not found connection between food one eats and the progression or prevention of rabies infection. So normal regular meals are ok