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Health Tip: Caring for an Animal Bite

(HealthDay News) -- No one is able to prevent all animal bites, so it's important to know what to do if you are bitten by a dog or cat.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers this advice:

  • Carefully wash the area with soap and warm water.

  • Stop any bleeding by applying a clean towel.

  • Cover the wound with a sterile bandage.

  • Elevate the area above the heart to reduce swelling and the risk of infection.

  • Apply antibiotic ointment twice daily until healed.

  • If appropriate, call your doctor and local authorities.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 11/4/2013
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