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Animal and Human Bites

  • Facts About Animal Bites

    Whether the bite is from a family pet or an animal in the wild, scratches and bites can become infected and cause scarring. Animals can also carry diseases that can be transmitted through a bite.

  • How to Keep Bugs From Bugging You

    Although most insects are just nuisances, some can threaten our health.

  • Treatment for Dog and Cat Bites and Scratches

    For a superficial bite from a healthy household pet, wash the wound with soap and water under pressure from a faucet for at least five minutes.

  • What You Can Do About Dog Bites

    Dogs are responsible for 85 to 90 percent of all animal bites. But, many incidents can be avoided.

  • Keep Kids Safe from Bugs

    Many products seek to prevent bug bites, but products containing DEET (usually listed on labels as N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) are quite effective.

  • Rabies in Children

    Rabies occurs mainly in skunks, raccoons, foxes, coyotes, and bats. In some areas, these wild animals infect domestic cats, dogs, and livestock.

  • Cat Scratch Disease in Children

    Cat scratches and bites can cause cat scratch disease, a bacterial infection carried in cat saliva. Young kittens younger than a year old are more likely to scratch, increasing the likelihood of infection.

  • Treatment for Human Bites

    Human bite wounds are more likely to become infected than dog or cat bites. A doctor should check any human bite that breaks the skin.

  • Why Children Bite

    A young child may bite out of frustration or when under stress. Biting may also be an attempt to gain power—or just a way of exploring the world.

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