According to Healthline, injuries from dog bites make up 85 to 90% of animal bites in all of the United States. However, just 1% of emergency room visits are for such injuries. If a dog bit you in Connecticut, you may put off a doctor’s visit thinking the bite is nothing more than a flesh wound. However, if you develop symptoms of infection, it is essential that you get to a doctor’s office right away.

The most common symptoms of animal bite infection include pain, redness, swelling and inflammation at the site of the bite. If you notice one or more of these signs, and if they persist for more than 24 hours, head to your emergency room department right away. Some other symptoms you should watch out for include loss of sensation around the site of the bite; fluid or pus coming from the site of the bite; red streaks near the bite; tenderness in the area surrounding the bite; limited function of the hand or finger bitten; swollen lymph nodes; chills or fever; night sweats; difficulty breathing; fatigue; or muscle weakness or tremors.

You can prevent an infection from developing after an animal bite by taking proactive measures post-incident. For instance, after a dog bite, you should thoroughly wash the area with water and antiseptic. You should also seek treatment immediately after getting bit if the wound is deep, if you have a weakened immune system or if the bite caused a fracture or other damage.

This article is not meant to serve as legal advice. It is for educational purposes only.