Dog bites occur when humans are attacked by domestic dogs. Considering the sheer number of people who keep dogs as pets globally, it is easy to see why this is rather common. Injuries resulting from dog bites range from minor ones to potentially fatal ones which may result in hospitalization.

aggressive dogWhile there are home remedies available when one is bitten by a dog, it is extremely important that you seek medical attention to rule out the possibility of infections. Some of the factors that necessitate this checkup include when one is bitten by an unfamiliar canine, when the bite cuts through deep tissues as well as when the bleeding does not cease

In addition to these factors, other signs of a potential infection that must not be taken lightly include swelling at the bite region, warmth that radiates in the affected area as well as pus oozing from the dog bite.

The nature of the bite will often determine the emergency of the wound, but the remedies included below will work across the board. Remember, at the end of the day, regardless of the extent of the dog bite, you need to seek medical services to rule out doubts of been bitten by a rabid dog. As a general rule, it is also advisable to get a tetanus jab within the 24 hour window period after the bite.


1. Soap and Warm Water:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Soap (medicated soap is a plus) and warm water.
Difficulty: Easy


One of the most important things that you need to do after a dog bite is to wash the area with warm soapy water, This is key because it not only gets rid of the dirt and toxins within the wound, it also helps to get rid of toxins located on the skin surrounding the bite area. if you have medicated soap, this presents you with a better option. Warm water helps to soothe the bite area.


  1. Wash the bite area by applying soap and lathering it with water.
  2. Rub as gently as you can to avoid worsening the bite and increasing the pain.
  3. Rinse using warm water. At this point, if you have antibiotic cream you may apply it as a preventive measure (whether the dog was rabid or not).


2. Black Pepper Corns:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 20 Black pepper corns, 2 teaspoons of cumin seeds, warm water, cotton wool, gauze and a pestle and mortar.
 Difficulty: Easy


Black pepper corns are a handy remedy in the treatment of dog bites. The peppercorns are rich in compounds that help neutralize any poison and/or infection causing toxins after the dog bite. It is also thought that the addition of cumin seeds compliments the healing powers of the black pepper corns. Follow the directions outlined below to get the most of this remedy, and follow this up with medical checkup if the pain and/or bleeding does not subside. This remedy has also been shown to be effective in the prevention of subsequent infections after the dog bite.


  1. Place the cumin seeds and black pepper corns in a mortar and use the pestle to grind the two.
  2. Continue grinding the two until you have a paste which is consistent.
  3. Add some water to the paste to make it easy to apply.
  4. Using cotton wool, and having drained the bleeding to get rid of the toxicity, apply the paste on the bite region.
  5. You may wrap the area using gauze for about half an hour.


3. Garlic Cloves:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 3 Garlic cloves, pestle and mortar, a pinch of salt and gauze.
Difficulty: Easy


Garlic cloves have long been used as a treatment option for a range of infections, thanks to their array of healing properties. Of interest in the treatment of dog bites is the antibiotic effect that raw garlic has on the bitten area. The topical application of the garlic, alongside its consumption makes for a great way to deal with canine bites. Note that for garlic cloves to release their healing properties, they have to be crushed before use, hence the need for a pestle and mortar.


  1. Peel the cloves to reveal the fleshy layer within the garlic.
  2. Wash well and chop into small pieces.
  3. Place the chopped garlic in the mortar and pound using the pestle.
  4. Add a pinch of salt to ease the process of preparing the garlic paste.
  5. Carefully apply the garlic paste onto the bite area and leave on for at least half an hour (more if you can).
  6. You may choose to wrap gauze on the skin to seal in the antibiotic effects of the garlic.


4. Fresh Lemon Juice:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 2 Fresh lemons, juicer and cotton wool.
Difficulty: Easy


Lemon juice is yet another popular home remedy for a wide range of health conditions. This is because the presence of vitamin C and citric acid in its juice are beneficial for treating dog bites. Since this remedy is pretty easy to use, you may want to use it as a first line of defense or as soon as you can after the bite. In severe bites where the puncture on the skin is deep, the lemon juice may help delay the onset of infections, thus allowing you ample time to get professional medical help.


  1. Press the lemons firmly between your fingers to stimulate the release of juice.
  2. Wash and cut the lemons in half before juicing.
  3. Soak some cotton wool in the collected juice and squeeze the excess juice.
  4. Use the soaked wool to dab the lemon juice on the dog bitten wound.
  5. Granted, it may sting a little, but this is overshadowed by the potential benefits of the lemon juice.
  6. Leave the lemon juice on for about 20 minutes.
  7. Repeat this as often as needed until you can rule out the possibility of an infection after professional medical checkup.


5. Walnut  Onion Paste:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: Walnuts, fresh onion, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, honey and grinder.
 Difficulty: Easy


One of the most effective home remedies for the treatment of dog bites draws from the healing properties of walnut, onions and salt. Walnut is rich in compounds that help eliminate toxins from the wound, while the onion rings are best known for their antibiotic properties. The salt acts as a disinfectant while helping create a smooth paste. Lastly, the honey compliments the healing properties of all three ingredients.


  1. Grind the walnuts in order to create a coarse powder which will then be easier to mix with the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Peel the onion and wash before cutting into slices.
  3. Mix all the ingredients (walnut powder, onion slices, salt and honey) and grind.
  4. Apply the paste onto the dog bite wound and let it remain on for half an hour.


6. Mustard Oil and Cayenne Pepper Paste:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: Mustard oil, red cayenne pepper powder (fresh red pepper may also be used) and cotton wool
Difficulty: Easy


The combination of mustard oil and cayenne pepper frazzles many a user, but when you consider the anguish of the dog bite wound, it makes sense to use any of the best natural remedies available. Mustard oil is used in this remedy because it has excellent antimicrobial properties which speed up the healing process of the wound. Cayenne pepper on the other hand, as fiery as it sounds, is actually an excellent addition because of its anti-inflammatory properties. The healing properties of red pepper are attributed to the presence of a compound known as capsaicin. Additional benefits of the combination include antioxidant properties that help reduce the extent of the injury.


  1. Place the red cayenne pepper powder in a bowl. If you opt for fresh red pepper, make sure that you crush before mixing with the oil.
  2. Pour in the mustard oil and mix the two properly.
  3. Dip the cotton wool in the mixture and apply at the site of the dog bite.
  4. Leave the mixture on for half an hour, then rinse.
  5. Make sure you seek medical attention.


7. Cumin Seeds:

Time Required: 1 Hr & 20 Min
What You Need: 2 Tablespoons of dried cumin seeds, 1 cup of warm water and gauze.
Difficulty: Easy


Cumin seeds are best known for their excellent antitoxin properties, which is what makes them ideal for the natural treatment of dog bites. These healing properties help counter the presence of toxins following the dog bite. To get the most of the seeds, you need to soak them prior to use as described below. Alternatively, mix the cumin seeds with black peppercorns as described in remedy #2 above.


  1. Soak the cumin seeds in warm water for 1 hour.
  2. After this, scoop 2 tablespoons of the soaked seeds and pound to create a paste.
  3. Apply this paste on the dog bite wound, making sure the paste does not fall off. You may use gauze to help you with this.
  4. Repeat this remedy thrice daily for best results even as you wait to get professional medical assistance.


8. Burdock Tincture:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 20 Drops of burdock tincture and 1 cup of warm water or tea.
Difficulty: Easy


Burdock tincture, like many of the remedies listed above, works on neutralizing and eliminating any toxins present in the dog bite, thus preventing the development of infections. The tincture’s excellent anti-toxin properties make it ideal for this. Follow the procedures indicated below to enjoy this remedy’s benefits.


  1. Add the burdock tincture to the warm water or tea and stir.
  2. Drink this concoction at least thrice daily to speed up the healing process.


In addition to these remedies, it helps to keep the dog bite wound elevated to alleviate the spread of any toxins that may be present. You also need to make sure that you use sterile gauze or bandage to avoid introducing new infections. Lastly, the need to see a professional medical doctor cannot be overemphasized if you are to rule out the possibility of rabies after a dog bite, so make sure you do it.