The importance of reigning in violent dogs can’t be overstated. And it starts from the time they’re born. Training needs to happen immediately, or “old dogs won’t learn new tricks.” President Biden’s dog “Major” recently had his second biting incident at the White House. This isn’t too big a shock — after all, both dogs are in a radically new environment where excitability can easily get the best of them.
Some dogs have two distinct modes: “walking” mode, where they’re on the move and understand that this is probably someone else’s territory. And “stationary” mode, where they’re on the lookout for potential threats to what is currently their territory. This is what gets many dogs into trouble. If your dog becomes aggressive to new visitors the second you stop moving, then you need to train harder.
We wouldn’t be surprised if these bites lead to a lawsuit against Biden sooner or later (especially if they don’t stop). If you were injured by a dog bite, you should seek the counsel of a personal injury lawyer right away. You don’t deserve to have to pay for medical bills because of someone else’s animal.
Keep in mind that infection is the biggest predictor of how you’ll fare after a dog bite — and infection rates are high for dog or cat bites.
Emergency Medicine Physician Stephen Sayles III, MD says, “The No. 1 concern with these bites is infection. You may need hospitalization and require intravenous antibiotics. You should always see a primary care provider if you’re bitten.”
If the bite results in a breakage of skin and/or bleeding, clean the wound with soap and warm water immediately. Compress and wrap the wound with a clean cloth of bandage. Then get your butt to the doctor right away. If you haven’t had a tetanus shot in the last five or ten years, you’ll be getting one. When you return, your doctor will have given you step by step instructions for care — make sure you follow them.