Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Bite Dog Overview

Another name for Bite Dog is Dog Bites.

What are dog bites?
Dog bite injuries can range from abrasions, to deep puncture wounds and loss of tissue. Dog bites account for 90 percent of all animal bites. Because of their size and strength, dogs can cause serious injuries.

What are the symptoms of dog bites?
Symptoms of a dog bite include pain, bleeding, laceration, and puncture wound at the site. Other symptoms include tenderness and swelling at the site. Symptoms of an infected dog bite include worsening skin redness, pain, swelling, and tenderness around the bite.

How does the doctor treat dog bites?
Treatment for a dog bite may include wound cleansing and irrigation, antibiotics, tetanus vaccination, and rabies prevention.

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Last Updated: Aug 25, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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