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What will my doctor do if I was bitten by an animal?

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Your doctor will make sure the wound is thoroughly clean and may prescribe antibiotics.

He or she may also numb the wound and look for any deeper damage. If there is any risk of rabies infection, your doctor will recommend anti-rabies treatment. You may need stitches, depending on how big the wound is and where it's located. You may also need a tetanus shot or booster. Your doctor may recommend that you take ibuprofen or acetaminophen to ease pain.

From: Animal Bites Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

University of Maryland Medical Center: "First Aid: Animal Bites and Rabies."

KidsHealth.org: "Animal Bites."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Cat and Dog Bites."

Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine: "What You Should Know About Animal Bites."

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: "Animal Bites."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 17, 2017

SOURCES:

University of Maryland Medical Center: "First Aid: Animal Bites and Rabies."

KidsHealth.org: "Animal Bites."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Cat and Dog Bites."

Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine: "What You Should Know About Animal Bites."

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: "Animal Bites."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 17, 2017

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