Dogs are the most popular pet across households in America. They’re loveable and generally always happy to see you when you arrive home after a busy day at work.
However, it’s important to remember that dogs are animals and they behave very differently from humans. Biting is one way that a dog can defend itself, and there are numerous reasons why a dog may opt to attack.
Not only can the initial injury from a dog bite be extremely painful, but there is also a risk of infection. Outlined below are a few signs that your wound has become infected.
Changes in temperature
In the aftermath of a dog bite incident, if you start to develop a fever, it could be a sign that you’ve picked up an infection. There may also be changes in temperature in the skin that surrounds the wound. If the area around the injury feels warmer than usual, this could indicate the presence of an infection. The skin around the area is also likely to look red if this is the case.
Discharge from the wounds
Even healthy wounds often release some form of clear discharge. However, if this turns more green in color and emits an unpleasant odor, it’s possible that you might have picked up an infection.
Dog bites can be extremely detrimental to your health and painful. With an infection, the pain and recovery period is likely to be extended. If you were attacked because the owner of the animal was negligent, then you may be entitled to compensation. Seeking legal guidance from someone with knowledge of personal injury law is probably the best course of action to take.