Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Dog Bite of the Hand Overview

How serious is a dog bite to the hand?
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. In the case of a dog bite to the hand, it is important to make sure the bite has not penetrated into a joint. Other structures that can be injured include arteries and nerves.

What are the symptoms of a dog bite to the hand?
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 a dog bite to the hand?
Treatment for a dog bite may include wound cleansing and irrigation, antibiotics, tetanus vaccination, and rabies prevention.

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