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Last Updated on March 24, 2021

10 Tips for Treating Dog Bites

10 Tips for Treating Dog Bites

You never know when it is going to happen. You could be visiting friends and their dog bites you. Or, you could end up being accidentally bitten by your own dog while playing. Or, you may be attacked by a stray dog that is wandering around the neighborhood. No matter how it happens, you need to know what to do in the event that you are bitten by a dog.

1. Clean the Wound

If the wound is a superficial one, the first thing you need to do is clean the wound and the area around it. Clean it with running water and a very mild soap, followed by rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to make sure that there is no risk of infection.

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2. Stop the Bleeding

Wrap a clean towel around the area that was bitten, and use pressure to help stop the bleeding. If the bite is small, the bleeding will likely stop quickly, and clotting will begin to close up the wound so it can begin healing.

3. Cover the Wound

It is also important to make sure that once you have cleaned the wound you also cover it. Use a clean, sterile bandage to keep the wound covered. If you do not have sterile bandages, you can substitute a clean, white t-shirt or a clean towel for a bandage until you can get to the pharmacy to get one.

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4. Keep the Injured Area Elevated

If possible, keep the part of the body that has been bitten elevated to help reduce pain and swelling around the injured area. Applying ice to the wound will also help.

5. Use Lemon Juice

You can also put lemon juice on a dog bite to help keep it from becoming infected. Lemon juice works because it is high in vitamin C, which aids in treating dog bites and other injuries, and can help to fight delayed infections.

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6. Use Black Pepper

You can make a black pepper paste or salve easily with ingredients you already have in your kitchen. Soak about 20 black peppercorns, and make them into a paste. You can also add cumin seeds to make it even more effective. Applying this paste will help reduce the risk of infection from a dog bite.

7. Eat Bananas

While this may sound strange, it will help to heal a wound, including a dog bite. Bananas contain loads of vitamin B complex, which helps our bodies create antibodies that will help treat infections resulting from dog bites.

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8. Use Garlic Paste

Another paste you can make from common kitchen ingredients to treat dog bites is a garlic paste. Simply grind fresh garlic into a paste, and apply to the affected area three times daily to treat dog bites and other wounds. (However be cautious if you have sensitive skin.)

9. Use Antibiotic Ointment

Once you have been bitten by a dog, you need to make sure that it is going to heal properly without becoming infected. One way to do this is to make sure that you are applying an antibiotic ointment to the wound daily.

10. See a Doctor

If the wound is serious, it may require stitches. Never be too careful when it comes to a dog bite. If it looks bad, get it looked at by a medical professional. It may be that they will have to clean it out and put a few stitches in, and possibly repair any damages caused by the bite.
If you want to learn more about preventing and treating dog bites, here are some references to check out:

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Last Updated on March 24, 2021

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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