|Trace The Mitten|
I have biked enough to saw I went around the world and this was my first dog bite while riding. I shook me up. I have had dogs chase me and this was usually in the country, but this was in a nice suburban area. Dogs stay in their yards by leash, fence or electrical boundary.
This photo was taken 5 minutes after it happened. I was still in shock. What should I have done?
1. Get information. Owners name. Address. Were there witnesses? Get there information. Get information about the dog. Are the shots up-to-date? Phone camera will assist you. It beats writing. (PS-I did none of this. I was not thinking straight and you won't either.) It can be a very good time to call 911.
2. Call the doctor, go to urgent care, go to emergency room. In this case perfect, the owner was a family general practitioner and he looked at the wound and gave his assessment. He told me what to do when I got home. I did call my doctor and I saw him the next day.
3. Report the dog bite to the authorities. They will monitor what goes on with pet bites and they can follow up.
You can get further information on the web. Be careful, have a plan and be vigilant. Follow your instincts.