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I was bitten by a dog in Iowa. It is not a serious bite, but I have diabetes and I know I have special risks. Why are dog bites so dangerous to those with diabetes?


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Diabetes affects one’s ability to fight infection and heal after an injury.

The mouths of dogs are home to hundreds of different types of bacteria and viruses. Some of these are very dangerous to humans. When a dog bite contains small levels of a dangerous bacterium, a healthy person will be able to fight off an infection. A person who has diabetes may not.

Any diabetic person who is bitten by a dog in Iowa should see a doctor immediately and watch for signs of infection. These include:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Fever
  • Red streaks
  • Discharge from the wound
  • Swollen lymph glands

A dog bite can cause more than infection. The stress of recovering after an Iowa dog bite can affect blood sugar and put the dog bite victim at risk of hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, or diabetic shock.

Diabetic dog bite victims should take all diabetes medications and insulin according to their regular schedule. They should test their blood glucose every four hours and weigh themselves every day. They should not skip meals.

See a doctor if you have any of the following symptoms of infection or diabetic emergency:

  • You have lost five pounds or more.
  • You have a fever over 101 degrees.
  • You feel too sick to eat normally.
  • You are unable to keep food down.
  • You have difficulty breathing or chest pain.
  • You feel sleepy or lethargic.
  • You are unable to think clearly.
  • There is a moderate to high amount of ketones in your urine.
  • Your blood glucose is lower than 60 mg/dL or higher than 300 mg/dL.

Iowa dog bite victims have a right to expect compensations for any dog bite-related medical bills. This can include diabetic treatment. To learn more about your rights, contact Hupy and Abraham at 888-807-2752 and ask to schedule a free consultation with an Iowa, Wisconsin, or Illinois dog bite attorney.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham

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