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FIRST AID tips: Animal Bites

All bites, whether human or animal,
can easily become infected

Clean gently

  • If your skin is punctured, apply pressure until the bleeding has stopped.

  • Clean gently and thoroughly with warm water and soap, then rinse for several minutes.

  • Apply an antibiotic cream or ointment, then cover with a bandage.

See a doctor

  • If you see signs of redness, swelling, oozing or fever.

  • If bleeding does not stop after about 10 minutes.

  • If the animal was wild, a stray, or you’re unsure of rabies status. If you know the animal, ask the owner if the animal’s rabies shots are up to date.



Sources: and This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of a doctor with any questions regarding a medical condition.


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