Are You at Risk of Catching Rabies from a Dog Bite? Get the Facts

There are many doomsday scenarios that may go through your head when you are bit by a dog. For many people, one of the questions they may ask is whether they can contract rabies from a dog bite. Keep reading to get the facts. If you have been bitten by someone else’s dog, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to request a free legal consultation from an experienced personal injury attorney.

Many People Are Bitten by Dogs Each Year

It is common for people to have no idea how common dog bites are. The fact of the matter is that there are nearly 1.5 million people who are bitten by dogs each year, according to a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is rare that a dog bite is fatal, and most people who suffer from a dog bite do not need medical care. However, many people who are bitten, even if the bite is not serious, may wonder if they have been exposed to rabies.

Exposure to Rabies from a Dog Bite is Unusual – But Not Impossible

According to the California Department of Public Health, contracting rabies from a pet bit is very rare. That said, this does not mean that it is impossible. It is the law in California for pet dogs to be vaccinated form four months on. This is true for cats as well. These laws are one of the main reasons that the most likely way rabies can be transmitted from animal to human is through bats and skunks.

It is Worth Getting a Rabies Test

If you are bitten by any animal, whether the neighbor’s dog or a wild animal, it is important to seek medical attention right away. If the bite did not pierce the skin then your risk level is much lower but if there was any puncturing of the skin, you should see a doctor. If possible, catch the animal and cage it until it can be tested to see if it has rabies. However, do not do this if it will put you or others in further danger of being bitten.

Danger from Dog Bites is More Likely in Other Ways

While rabies is unlikely to be a serious issue for most people, this does not mean that dog bites are no big deal. In fact, many people who are injured by an animal suffer significant medical costs and damages. If you are one of those people, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now for a free legal consultation.