Interactions with unfamiliar animals can sometimes lead to an animal bite. The rate of infection after a cat bite is about 50%; for dogs, the rate is 10 to 15%. Knowing prevention methods for an animal bite and how to seek treatment if a bite happens is important to maintain healthy relationships among people and animals.
The severity of an animal bite is commonly diagnosed by the type of animal and the health of the person and animal. For example, an animal that doesn’t have the proper vaccinations injury could lead to more serious consequences. Animal saliva carries bacteria, which may contribute to an infection and make the bite more difficult to treat. Regardless if the bite is minor or deep, seeking immediate medical attention can help prevent the spread of rabies, tetanus, and harmful germs.
Reacting responsibly to an animal bite is an important issue not often emphasized at school or in the home. For more information make sure to check out the resource below to learn how to assess the severity of a bite, seek treatment, and handle the aftercare.
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