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What are some health complications that come from dog bites?

On Behalf of | May 17, 2024 | Dog/Animal Bites and Attacks

Dog bites can lead to more than just short-term pain. While many people cherish these furry friends, it is important to recognize the serious health complications that can arise from a dog bite.

Understanding these risks can help individuals take appropriate precautions.


One concern following a dog bite is the risk of infection. Dog saliva contains bacteria, and when introduced into a wound, it can lead to infections such as cellulitis or abscesses.

These infections can cause symptoms such as redness, swelling, warmth and pus formation at the bite site. Without proper treatment, infections can spread and become systemic.


Rabies is a viral infection transmitted through the saliva of infected animals, including dogs. While rabies is rare in domesticated dogs in many countries due to vaccination protocols, it remains a serious concern in areas where vaccination rates are low. If left alone, rabies is almost always fatal.


Tetanus is a bacterial infection caused by Clostridium tetani, which can enter the body through puncture wounds like those from dog bites. This infection can lead to muscle stiffness, spasms and potentially life-threatening complications. Ensuring that tetanus vaccinations are up to date is important for anyone bitten by a dog.

Emotional trauma

In addition to other problems, dog bites can also result in emotional trauma, especially for children. Being bitten by a dog can lead to fear and anxiety around these animals. This potentially impacts a person’s ability to interact with any animal and may lead to long-term psychological effects.

Dog owners should strive toward safer interactions between humans and dogs. Those facing injuries after a dog bite might want to seek fair compensation.