Treatment for Dog and Cat Bites and Scratcheshttps

If a cat or dog bites you, you should:

Use soap and water to gently clean the wound.Put pressure on the wound with a clean towel to stop any bleeding.Use a clean bandage to cover the wound.Keep the wound above your heart to stop it from getting bigger and getting sick.

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Severe bites may require additional medical attention. Call your doctor if

Bleeding continues after 15 minutes of pressure.You think you're injured.Infected bite. Redness, swelling, warmth, and pus are symptoms. Fever is also possible.Diabetes or an immune-compromising disease. Cancer, AIDS, and liver or lung illness.

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Cat and dog bite treatment vary. Your injury's severity determines it. Your doctor may do these.

Detect infections.Remove damaged tissue and clean your wound.Stitch your wound. Open wounds heal faster and rarely get infected.Antibiotics prevent infections.If your last tetanus vaccination was over 5 years ago, get one.

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Things to consider

Take your time while selecting a pet for the family. Be sure that their vaccines are up to date at all times.

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Don't leave a small child alone with an animal. He or she might not know how to treat the pet with care. This could make the pet angry and make it bite.

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Do not attempt to separate animals that are fighting. During the process, you run the risk of getting bit.

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It is best to avoid coming into contact with animals that are ill or whose vaccination histories are unknown.

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Animals should not be bothered while they are eating. Animals often guard the food they eat.

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In the United States, cats and dogs don't get rabies very often. Most people who get bitten by a cat or dog do not need a rabies shot. But wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and coyotes get rabies a lot.

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