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Having a dog as a pet is very prevalent in Pennsylvania and around the country. Thus it is no surprise why so many people report being attacked and bitten by dogs. As painful and as traumatic as they may all be, they’re not all the same.

Levels of dog bites

There are five categories of dog bite attacks that a medical facility is likely to use. The first one includes those in which a dog has gotten ahold of a person’s limbs but has not sunken their teeth in. The second sees the teeth touching skin but not breaking in. Thirdly involves the teeth making shallow puncture wounds. The fourth includes at least one deep tooth puncture. The fifth and the most severe include a person being bitten multiple times with deep punctured wounds.

How you can treat dog bites at home

The very first thing you must do is making a visual inspection of the wound and do not touch it. If there is no blood, it’s likely that it’s level 1 or 2. In this case, you can simply wash the area with soap and water and maybe even a bit of alcohol to remove any remaining bacteria. If there is some bleeding but no deep puncture wounds, you should apply pressure to the area and add water to wash away any bacteria. In the event of one or multiple deep wounds, it is important to seek professional medical attention. The question of who should be held legally responsible for your financial losses can be complicated, so it might be advisable to meet with an experienced attorney to discuss your situation.