What should I do if my dog bites someone?

Even if the bite can be explained (perhaps someone stepped on the dog’s tail), it’s important to take responsibility for your dog’s actions by taking these steps:

  • Restrain the dog immediately. Separate it from the scene of the attack. Confine it.
  • Check on the victim’s condition. Wash wounds with soap and water. Professional medical advice should be sought to evaluate the risk of rabies or other infections. Call 911 if paramedic response is required.
  • Provide the following information to Animal Control as soon as possible: your name and address, and information about your dog’s most recent rabies vaccination. State health laws require you to report a bite whether or not your dog is current on it’s rabies vaccination. The dog will be quarantined for 10 days and it’s health monitored. Quarantine often can be at your residence.
  • Consult your veterinarian for advice about dog behavior that will help prevent similar problems in the future.

If you are the bite victim - treat wounds:

  • If your own dog bit you, confine it immediately and call Animal Control at 541-440-4328.
  • If someone else’s dog bit you, contact authorities and tell them everything you can about the dog: the owner’s name, if you know it; color of the dog; size; where you saw it; if you’ve seen it before. These details may help Animal Control Officers locate the dog.

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