Animal Bites

 

When a person is bitten by a domestic animal, there is a risk of developing an infection.  Rabies can occur, but it is usually after a wild animal bite.

If your child is bitten:

Wash the area with soap and water
Apply triple antibiotic ointment and a bandage
Check to see if the animals shots are up to date
Check to see if your child has received a recent tetanus shot.

Call or make an appointment online if:

The child was bitten by a wild animal
The bite is more than a scratch
Your child needs a tetanus shot

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