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Dog Bites

Dog Bite Injuries – Introduction

According to the Center for Disease Control, there are approximately 4.5 million dog bite victims in the USA per year. Around 750,000 of these require medical attention: (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1067642/). Some dog bites can even be fatal. Between 2005-2017 there were 433 deaths resulting from dog bites in the USA. Of course, the changes of being bitten by a dog increase in professions which require frequent exposure to dogs, such as postal workers. In 2014, a total of 5,767 UPS postal workers were attacked by dogs (Source: http:dogbites.org). The most number of bites occurred in Los Angeles (74), while Miami was in 15th place with 25 bites.

Negative effects of dog bites

Besides the obvious medical injuries occurred during dog bites, they also have other negative effects in terms of both mental health issues and the cost to the economy. Dog bite losses are in excess of $1 billion per year. Plus, there are often psychosocial consequences of dog bites. There are many studies documenting the psychological effects of dog bites in children and adults.

Types of dog bite injury

According to the typology created by Dr. Ian Dunbar, there are 6 types of dog bite:

Dog Bite Treatment

The required treatment will depend on the severity of the dog bite. Below we have listed three general approaches:

1.Preventing dog bites

Prevention is of course the ideal scenario. The Center for Disase Control provides information about how best to avoid dog bites.

2. First Aid

Despite our best efforts, dog bites do still occur. When thy occur, the first state of treatment is first aid. If the bite is life-threatening, you should call 911 or proceed to your nearest ER immediately. Other first aid actions include

(Source: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/animal-and-human-bites/)

3. Dog Bites Reconstruction & Scar Reduction

Even with the best administering of first aid, dog bites may result in scarring. This is where a plastic surgeon can help. There are several plastic surgery techniques to remove and reduce the severity of the scar, helping to return the appearance of the skin to its pre-accident condition. Read more about plastic surgery for scars.

About Dr. Thomas Zaydon

Dr Thomas Zaydon img aboutDr. Zaydon is a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgery with over 20 years of experience. He treats the following patients: burns, nasal fractures, facial fractures, open wound, skin ulcers, scars, ruptured/displace breast/body implants. He has hands on experience with difficult catastrophic cases including severe burn victims. He is the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Mercy hospital, he is the former President of the Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons and former President of Miami Society of Plastic Surgeons. He serves on the board of trustees for the Southeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and active member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. He serves on the review board for a major insurance company that reviews doctors malpractice insurance claims. He reviews cases/authorizations for a large worker’s compensation carrier. He has worked with plaintiff and defense firms. Doctor Zaydon has impeccable credentials and has privileges at 11 major hospitals/ASC facilities.

Dr. Zaydon is very experienced in the treatment of dog bites, including those incurred through work-related accidents (e.g. postal worker dog bites) and those incurred in domestic settings. Depending on your injury, Dr. Zaydon will select the most appropriate procedure or treatment option which will help your skin to it’s pre-injury condition.

Read more about Dr. Zaydon’s role as a Plastic Surgery Expert Witness or as a Plastic Surgery Consultant.

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