There’s an abundance of dogs in El Nido. Some of them roam the beaches of Corong Corong, a few of them can be found in some islands and some of them are roaming the main road en route to Bgy. Maligaya or more popularly known as the El Nido town proper.
Having been bitten by a dog once when I was younger, I’m always cautious in approaching dogs. I’m even more cautious whenever I cross paths with some crazy barking dogs, especially now that I’m travelling and not covered with any health insurance at all. I’m paranoid about contracting rabies which is as we all know fatal to humans.
I asked our neighbour which is apparently a doctor about rabies situation in El Nido. He frequently receives patients about various medical concerns but he said that he never had treated anyone about dog bites in the past two years.
Dogs here are lazier than dogs in the city. You’ll see most of them lounging on the beach staring at the grandeur of El Nido like most tourists do.
Just in case you get unlucky and get bitten by a stray dog, you should immediately clean it with soap and warm water. Afterwards, cover it with a piece of gauze or clean cloth and immediately visit a doctor so he could check if it needs to be stitched. Sometimes, you’ll be given antibiotics and the dog will be monitored as well. Rabies is fatal to humans so everyone should take necesarry precaution.
After administering some first aid, you can go immediately to the town health vcenter or better yet visit Dr. Nestor Reyes at Bgy. Corong Corong.