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Animal Bites


What to Do:

  • Wash the area with soap and water, and apply pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth if you’re bleeding.  (Do not apply an antiseptic or anything else to the wound.)
  • Cover any broken skin with a bandage or sterile gauze.

Seek emergency medical care if:

  • A bite punctured or broke the skin
  • You were bitten by a wild or stray animal, or any animal that hasn’t recently had rabies shots or is acting strangely
  • Bitten on the face, neck, hand, or near a joint
  • The bite or scratch becomes red, hot, swollen, or increasingly painful
  • You’re behind on immunizations (shots) or haven’t had a recent tetanus shot

When seeking treatment, have the following information on hand:

  • The kind of animal that inflicted the wound
  • The date of the animal’s last rabies vaccination, if known
  • Any recent unusual behavior by the animal
  • The animal’s location (address, if known)
  • If the animal was wild or a stray, or was captured by a local animal control service
  • You’re immunization (shots) record

Think Prevention!

  • Many animal bites are preventable.  Handle pets gently and never tease them.  Stay away from - and never feed - wild or stray animals.

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