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When an Animal Bite Becomes Infected

Experts say you should seek medical attention right away

When Fido or Fluffy bite someone, it poses risks of nerve and tendon damage and, more often, infection. The chances of infection from a cat bite is much higher than that of a dog bite, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons notes.

 

If you are bitten by a pet or a wild animal, the academy suggests you seek prompt medical treatment for these potential warning signs of infection:

  • Warmth or swelling near the wound.
  • Long-lasting pain.
  • Pus on or near the wound.
  • Reddening of the skin.
  • Loss of feeling.
  • Inability to straighten or bend a finger or toe.

Source: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_132043.html

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