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When does someone need medication attention for an animal bite?

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  • Get medical help immediately for any animal bite that is more than a superficial scratch or if the animal was a wild animal or stray, regardless of the severity of the injury.
  • If the animal's owner is available, find out if the animal's rabies shots are up-to-date. Give this information to your health care provider.
  • If the animal was a stray or wild animal, call the local health department or animal control immediately.

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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