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The risk of animal bite infections

In Illinois, when a person is bitten by someone else's pet, that owner will often have to take financial responsibility. However, the victim is the one who will need to tend to their injuries. Unfortunately, some bites can be more dangerous than others. They may carry the risk of infection, scarring, or other health issues.

Which animals are most likely to have rabies?

The incidence of rabies among domestic animals in Illinois is increasingly low thanks to the prevalence of vaccination for pets. As a result of such initiatives, 90% of all reported rabies cases in North America involve wildlife. It may be helpful for you to know which species are most likely to carry rabies. This way, you can better protect yourself, your family and your pets. 

What are the warning signs that a dog attack may occur?

Regardless of whether or not you own a dog or are around people who own pets, understanding how to protect yourself if you are attacked by a dog in Illinois is important to your safety and well-being. Often, dogs are provoked in some way and their ultimate reaction is to attack if they feel endangered. As such, educating yourself about how to prevent attacks is critical to understanding how to properly behave around a dog. 

Can a parrot bite be serious?

We Americans love our pets. However, as explained numerous times in this post, dog and even cat bites can cause significant injuries and illnesses. Dogs and cats are not responsible for all harmful animal attacks, though. Numerous varieties of birds of all sizes are also popular pets in Illinois and elsewhere – and you may not have considered that some can deliver serious bites.

What to do after a dog bite

A bite from a dog in Illinois can be very frightening, especially if, as is sometimes the case, the dog is already known to you because it belongs to a family member or friend. We at the Law Office of Kerley & Associates understand that it may be very difficult to think straight and take action following the shock of a dog bite. However, there are important steps to take after such an attack in order to protect your health and defend your legal rights. 

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