How To Treat An Animal Bite

Being bitten by an animal can be a scary experience, especially if the victim is young. If an animal bite is severe, it's essential to seek emergency medical attention. Minor animal bites can typically be treated through washing and the application of antibiotic cream. Make sure any bandages you use are clean, and the wound is disinfected before being bandaged. If there's any question about the animal being rabid or having other diseases, you should go to the emergency room, as you may need to get rabies shots for your protection. Doctors should also treat animal bites if you're not sure of the severity of the injury.

Stop The Bleeding

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When an animal bite breaks the skin, the first step is to stop the bleeding. Apply pressure directly to the wound until the bleeding ceases. If the bleeding doesn't stop within ten minutes after applying steady, firm pressure, you need to call 911. You should also call 911 if the bleeding is particularly severe, or if blood spurts out of the wound. These symptoms indicate the bite may have damaged an artery or other important parts of the body. If the wound is severe, you should also call 911 right away. Otherwise, apply pressure using a towel, washcloth, or other compresses. If you need to use your hand to stop the bleeding, make sure the hand in contact with the wound is clean.

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