When animal bites

Pet, such as dog, cat or rabbit, is relatively friendly to its owner, but sometimes, it can also bite. What should be done if you're bitten by your own pet?

The bite from animal is often unavoidable and suddenly happen. Dog is more likely to bite than cat. However, the bite from cat is more likely to cause infections.

Various diseases can be transmitted through animal bite, so if there're people bitten by an animal around you, at least, you'd be able to do something to address these conditions.

1. Minor bite wound

If the animal bite mark on the skin is only slightly injured, and there's no possibility of rabies, the handling you'd do is as well as a minor injury. Wash the wound with soap and water. Apply antibiotic creams to prevent infections, then cover the wound with a clean bandage or plaster.

2. Deep bite wound

If the animal bite wound on the skin causes it torn and severe bleeding, press it with a clean, dry cloth to stop. After the first action to stopping bleeding, immediately contact your doctor or the nearest hospitals.

3. Infected bite wound

If you see any sign of infection, such as swelling, pain and redness, immediately contact your doctor or the nearest hospitals.

4. Rabid bite wound

If you suspect the bite is caused by an animal that carries rabies virus, immediately contact your doctor or the nearest hospitals. The animal suspected carrying rabies virus is a wild or pet with an unknown immunization status. Usually, the doctor advises to get tetanus shots repeated every 10 years.

The bite from unimmunized pet or wild animal carries the risks of rabies. Rabies is often derived from raccoon, skunk, fox, bat, cat and dog. Rabbit, squirrel and other rodents rarely carry rabies.