Animal Bites


To diagnose an animal bite, your healthcare provider will conduct a thorough history and physical exam. This will help them to determine your infection risk and which treatments are needed. Your healthcare provider will ask several questions including:6

  • What kind of animal bit you?
  • Do you know if this animal has been vaccinated against rabies?
  • How did the bite happen?
  • How did you clean the wound?
  • Did you apply an antibiotic ointment?
  • Was the animal acting strangely or aggressively?
  • When was your last tetanus shot?

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