People in Las Vegas and Henderson love their dogs, and many residents have more than one dog living with them at any given time. This is not surprising, given that dogs have long been our companions. But just because a canine is friends with one of your neighbors does not mean they’ll be friendly toward you.
More than 4.7 million people in the United States are bitten by dogs on an annual basis, half of those attacks involve children. Approximately one out of every six dog bites are serious enough to require medical attention. Owners of dogs, not the breed or the individual dog, are responsible when bites or attacks occur.
Other domestic animals can cause serious injuries with their bites. While cats are more likely to scratch than bite, their needle-like teeth tend to puncture and drive infection deeper into the skin. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn that untreated cat bites can become serious. Symptoms include:
- Increased pain or oozing
The CDC encourages you to seek medical attention if you notice any of those symptoms after an animal bite. Even before you notice symptoms, if you’re unsure of the bite’s severity, promptly having a doctor look at your wound is better than waiting for the effects to settle into your blood and tissue.
Many domestic animals can cause damage, even guinea pigs. A 2015 Clark County ordinance ruled that any domestic animal that bites more than twice in 18 months is considered a “vicious” animal.
Exotic animals, such as snakes, are another concern. Owners of these animals must take great care in protecting others from the unpredictable nature of these animals. Exotic animal bites can inflict serious injury, spread deadly disease and kill people.