Being bit by a dog can be physically and emotionally scarring for both children and adults. There's the actual mental trauma of what happened, but also in many cases there can be devastating and lifelong injuries, including scarring and disfigurement.
When speaking of dog bites, often people do not know what to do after an attack. They are unsure if they should seek medical attention, what the possible implications of a dog bite or animal attack are, and what next steps can possibly be taken against the owner of the animal.
In terms of when to seek medical attention, keep in mind that dog bite wounds can be extremely dangerous. There's the risk of not only rabies, but also infection. Because of this, one surgeon-in-chief at a children's hospital said that if the skin has been broken or there is a deep puncture would, medical treatment should be sought. It's also a good idea to make sure that a tetanus shot is up to date, or get a new one.
In addition to possible medical treatment, those bitten should find out if the dog had previously been vaccinated against rabies.
Outside of rabies and infection, remember that dog bites can also result in scarring, disfigurement and/or the need for multiple plastic surgeries. All of these necessaries can end up being rather expensive. Due to the cost, and sheer pain associated with a dog bite, it is important to remember that there are often legal actions that can be taken against a dog owner for the bite even happening in the first place.