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Animal Bites Overview

What is an animal bite?
A person with an animal bite has damage to the skin due to a bite from an animal.

What are the symptoms of an animal bite?
Symptoms of an animal bite include pain, lacerations, puncture wounds, bleeding, and secondary skin infections.

How does the doctor treat an animal bite?
Treatment for an animal bite includes local wound care, antibiotics, and tetanus vaccination.

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Last Updated: Aug 17, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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