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Properly Reacting To An Animal Bite

Cats and dogs can be great companions and offer enough love and affection to last a lifetime. However, interactions with unfamiliar or untrained animals can sometimes lead to dangerous bites and/or infections.

In fact, the rate of infection after a cat bite is about 50%; for dogs, the rate is 10 to 15%. Knowing how to prevent a bite and seek treatment if one happens is important in order to maintain healthy relationships among people and animals.

Animal Bites in Children

Children younger than two years are typically more susceptible to animal bites. Although pets may be trained and well-behaved most of the time, children can’t always recognize if an animal is feeling scared or defensive. Learning to detect signs of aggression could be a beneficial prevention tool if parental supervision isn’t possible.

By teaching kids how to safely interact with animals, they are more likely to avoid situations in which they could get bitten. For instance, bites often occur on the fingers and hands. If an unfamiliar dog approaches, refrain from startling it or reaching down to pet it.

Severity of an Animal Bite

The severity of an animal bite is commonly diagnosed by ascertaining the type of animal, what prompted the incident, and the health of the person and critter involved. If an animal doesn’t have the proper vaccinations or is undomesticated, the injury could lead to more serious consequences.

Animal saliva often carries multiple species of bacteria, which may contribute to infection and make the gash more difficult to heal. Whether the wound is minor or deep, seeking immediate medical attention can help prevent the spread of rabies, tetanus and harmful germs.

Knowing how to react responsibly to an animal bite is an important issue not often emphasized at school or in the home. Check out our infographic to learn how to assess the severity of a bite, seek treatment and handle the aftercare.





Infographic created by Tracy Tiernan

Author bio: Tracy Tiernan received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas in 1987. He went on to secure his J.D., or law degree, from The University of Tulsa in 1990. While attending law school, Tracy interned for a highly successful Personal Injury Law firm in the Tulsa area where he was involved in the litigation and trial preparation of Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation and Criminal cases. Tracy, who was involved in a bit of college sports, enjoys running, participating in the occasional obstacle race, and coaching his children’s soccer teams to keep his mind sharp. He resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with his children.

Originally posted 2020-07-27 23:18:12. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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