Sunday, January 24, 2010
permanent scarring, but will probably need several scar revisions in the future. The parents now suffer life long guilt, the beautiful young baby grows up with facial scarring and possible even facial deformity, and the loving family dog is either given away or put to sleep! Over the last 30 years of covering the emergency room, I have seen this sernario play out numerous times, and taken care of hundreds of serious dog bite injuries to the face and body in both adults and children. The presentation in many of these: "But Doctor, this was the friendly family dog that would not bite anyone." Especially when children are involved, a "friendly" dog can take a chunk out of the face in a heartbeat. Never, Never, I repeat, Never let your children get their face up close and personal with a dog. Another thing that I have observed over the years is the adult who has been drinking alcohol and then starts playing with the dog. For some reason, dogs don't like the "alcohol breath" in their face and will react with an attack on even the most loving owner. Before those dog lovers out there accuse me of being "anti-dog" and report me to the "dog police", I love dogs and I have had many dogs in the past. Although dogs are our "best friends", simple precautions can prevent a major calamity!