Dogs of all sizes, from German Shepherds to Chihuahuas, have the potential to attack and cause injuries. It may be tempting to simply ignore bites by small dogs - they often do not seem as serious as bites by larger dogs. Yet, all dog bites have the potential to cause serious infections and other problems. If you were injured by a dog, consider calling an attorney after you seek medical treatment. Even if the bite does not seem serious right away, it is best to speak to an attorney, as this can help your claim should you later decide to pursue compensation.
Is a Small-Dog Bite Dangerous?
The biggest risk from any animal bite, including small dogs is usually infection. When it comes to infection risk, it makes little difference whether you were bitten by a Pit Bull or a Poodle. All types of dogs - and cats, for that matter - carry bacteria in their mouths. Dogs pick up potentially dangerous bacteria from everything they lick or pick up with their mouths.
When a dog bites a human, some of that bacteria is injected into the person’s body. This commonly results in localized infections around the bite area. The greatest danger comes if that infection becomes severe or spreads. People have had to be hospitalized for widespread infections that result from seemingly insignificant small animal bites....