Last Updated: 2013-04-09
Dog, cat, and human bites are the most common bites requiring medical attention.
Description of the circumstances surrounding the bite (i.e., type and behavior of animal) is essential.
Surgical exploration is important, particularly in wounds that are deep or wide or that potentially involve deep anatomical structures.
Cultures may be helpful if signs of infection are present.
Antibiotics are recommended for infected animal bites and, in certain circumstances, noninfected animal bites.
Dog bite wound to a young boy's face
From the collection of Dr Reid Mueller, Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery, OHSU
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