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When should I call 911 about animal bites?

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  • Call 911 about an animal bite if: The person has been seriously wounded.
  • Bleeding can't be stopped after 10 minutes of firm and steady pressure.
  • Bleeding is severe.
  • Blood spurts from the wound.

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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