Animal Bites (cont.)
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What Is the Follow-up for Animal Bites?
When the patient is discharged from the emergency department or leaves the doctor's office, they should receive instructions on how to care for the bite wound.
Most doctors will recommend a reevaluation of bites in 48 hours to look for infection.
If the wound was sutured (stitches), the doctor will tell the patient when the stitches will need to be removed.
How Do you Prevent Animal Bites?
With common sense, a person can lower the risk of being bitten by an animal:
What Is the Prognosis for Animal Bites?
The majority of animal bites heal quickly without serious complications.
Animal Bite Pictures
Bites, animal. A crush and tear type injury that occurs from a dog bite. Click to view larger image.
Bites, animal. Same injury (dog bite to the finger) from a different angle. Click to view larger image.
Medically reviewed by Avrom Simon, MD; Board Certified Preventative Medicine with Subspecialty in Occupational Medicine
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/10/2016
Scott D Fell, DO, FAAEM
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