First Aid If bitten by Your Pet

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pet bitePets such as dogs, cats or rabbits are relatively friendly to their owners. But sometimes pets can also bite. What should we do if we are bitten by a pet?

Bites from animals are often unavoidable and suddenly just happens. Dogs are more likely to bite than cats. However, cat bites are more likely to cause infection.

Various diseases can be transmitted through the bites of many animals. So if there are people around us who are bitten by an animal, at least we should be able to do something to handle the condition.

According to MayoClinic, first aids that needs to be done if someone is bitten by an animal among others are:

Minor bite wound
If the animal bite mark on the skin is only slightly injured and there are no possible danger of rabies, then the handling is like the handling on a small wound. Wash the wound with soap and water. Apply antibiotic cream to prevent infection.  Then cover the wound with a clean bandage.

Deep bite wound
If an animal bite cause wounds in the skin or skin torn and bleeding badly, then press the wound using a clean, dry cloth to stop bleeding after the first action to stop the bleeding, then immediately contact the nearest hospital or doctor.

Bites that cause infection wounds
If you notice any signs of infection such as swelling, pain, redness immediately contact your doctor or nearest hospital.

Bite wounds with suspected rabies
If you suspect the bite was caused by animals that may carry a rabies virus, immediately contact your doctor or nearest hospital. Animals suspected of carrying rabies virus is wild or domesticated animals which immunization status is unknown. Doctors recommend that it should get a tetanus-diphtheria shot every 10 years.

Bites from pets and wild animals are not immunized carries the risk of rabies. Rabies is more often derived from raccoons, skunks, foxes and bats than from cats and dogs. As for rabbits, squirrels and other rodents, they rarely carry rabies.

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