Dog and cat bites can cause pain and sometimes injury. It is estimated that 1 in every 5-person bitten by a dog will require medical attention. Even though dogs are our closest companion their bites besides causing pain can cause nerve damage and infection. In some instances, it can put the victim at risk of death.
It is important to see doctor if an unfamiliar dog or cat bit you, the bite is deep, you cant not stop the bleeding, or there are sign of infections.
- Place a clean towel over the injury to stop any bleeding
- Keep the injured area elevated
- Wash the area with soap and water
- Apply a sterile bandage to the wound
- Apply antibiotic ointment to the injury
- Seek medical attention if the area becomes red, painful or swollen.
- Seek medical attention if you develop a fever or dog was acting strangely
- If it has been 5 years since your last tetanus shot
- If you are not sure the cat or dog has been vaccinated for rabies