Treatment for Animal and Human Bites
- Puncture wounds (more likely from cat or dog bites)
- Cuts and scrapes (usually from exotic pets, rats, mice or birds)
- Crushing of the bones (from livestock or animals with powerful jaws)
Who is at risk?
School-aged children are the most common victims of animal bites. Children are curious and more likely to disturb an animal who is eating or otherwise distracted. Excited or older animals are less patient with these interruptions and more likely to lash out. Serious crushing injuries are more likely with someone who handles livestock on a regular basis, but children should always be supervised in barnyards and petting zoos. Young children are often the recipients of human bites as well, usually from playmates or siblings! There is also the “fight bite” which happens a clenched fist strikes another person in the mouth. The fight bite is a particular bite injury which has a high rate of infection and needs immediate attention.
Emergency Warning Signs: When should I see a doctor?
Treatment is available now at Well-Key Urgent Care.
For more information on bites, see the following websites:
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