"Does he bite?"

Inconspicuous is not something that could be said about my dogs, with Murphy topping the scales at 85kg (190lb or 13 and a half stone ish) Lulu and Roxy are no lightweights either, and although the girls are smaller than Murphy by quite a bit, they still weigh more than the Mrs. so you wouldn't want one on your lap for too long.
Bad tempered is not something that springs to mind with any of them either, lazy yes, but bad tempered no! I'm not saying that any of them would never bite, I'd be a fool if I said that as any dog is 'capable' of biting even if by accident, or when playing. I'd never leave a toddler alone with any of them for example, as Roxy's ears are made for pulling and she may not take kindly to it, who knows? The point is, dogs can and do bite, even the dopey, lazy ones like mine.
So what do you do if you get bitten by an animal (or human for that matter)? Bites are quite common but usually not serious so can be treated with basic first aid.
  • cleaning the wound thoroughly by running it under warm water
  • encouraging the wound to bleed to let out any 'nasties' 
  • painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol can help relieve any pain and inflammation 
Larger bites should be seen by a doctor in your local A+E for careful cleaning, dressing and possibly the odd stitch. 
Infection is the biggest problem with most bites and may be treated with a broad-spectrum antibiotic (one that sorts out loads of different bugs) by your doctor. This is especially true for bites from cats or humans, bites to the face or hands, bites to tendons and ligaments and for people with reduced function of their immune system, people with HIV or on chemotherapy for example.
If a wound becomes more painful, goes red, shows signs of swelling, or starts oozing pus, it should be seen by a doctor. There are some serious things that can go wrong when you have an animal bite fighting a war with your body. Rare, but not impossible complications can be sepsis, (otherwise known as blood poisoning), meningitis (infection around the brain), or endocarditis which affects the heart. Don't panic though, as I said, these are rare complications and I just want you to be aware of what 'could' go wrong.
So with dogs, cats and humans covering most bite causes, what's left? Mice, Rats, Guinea pigs, snakes, they all have teeth and are all 'capable' of biting. Insects and spiders are a topic all on their own, with insects being more likely to sting in one way or another, rather than actually bite. 
Now I must go, I have a dog that needs a wee. Wouldn't want to stress him out too much, he might bite, although, I doubt it!


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