Dogs may be man’s best friend, but they are not all friendly with everyone they meet. Additionally, even a well-behaved and properly trained dog can bite if provoked. Here’s what to do if you find yourself in the unenviable position of having your dog bite someone.
Assess the Injury
Taking care of the person who has been bitten should be your first priority. This can include removing the dog from the area, determining the extent of the damage, cleaning any small wounds and requesting medical assistance as needed. If any injuries appear potentially life-threatening or there is excessive bleeding, call your local emergency number immediately.
Document the Accident
You want to take an accurate account of what happened, including what let up to the bite. Circumstances can shift blame toward or away from the dog depending on what took place. Also not the type and severity of the injury. Use a cell phone to take pictures or videos if at all possible.
You may also be asked to provide medical records for your dog. Have copies of rabies and other vaccination ready if the bite has broken the skin.
Contact Your Insurance Provider
There can be serious repercussions from a dog bite, so you’ll want to take immediate steps to manage liability. It is usually a good idea to contact your insurance carrier to verify coverage and alert them to the incident.
Learning what to do if your dog bites someone is an important part of pet ownership. In general, you should document the incident, care for any injuries and notify your insurance provider.