Animal Bite

ExitCare ImageAnimal bite wounds can get infected. It is important to get proper medical treatment. Ask your doctor if you need a rabies shot.

HOME CARE

  • Follow your doctor's instructions for taking care of your wound.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Take your medicine (antibiotics) as told. Finish them even if you start to feel better.

  • Keep all doctor visits as told.

You may need a tetanus shot if:

  • You cannot remember when you had your last tetanus shot.

  • You have never had a tetanus shot.

  • The injury broke your skin.

If you need a tetanus shot and you choose not to have one, you may get tetanus. Sickness from tetanus can be serious.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your wound is warm, red, sore, or puffy (swollen).

  • You notice yellowish-white fluid (pus) or a bad smell coming from the wound.

  • You see a red line on the skin coming from the wound.

  • You have a fever, chills, or you feel sick.

  • You feel sick to your stomach (nauseous), or you throw up (vomit).

  • Your pain does not go away, or it gets worse.

  • You have trouble moving the injured part.

  • You have questions or concerns.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.