Bites and Scratches

Also known as: animal bites and scratches, dog and cat bite and scratches.

What are bites and scratches?

A bite is a wound inflicted by a mouth, while a scratch is a wound from paws or claws. These terms are usually used medically to refer to wounds inflicted by a pet or animal.

What causes bites and scratches? 
A wild animal or even a household pet can be the instigator of bites and scratches.

What are the symptoms of bites and scratches? 
A mild bite or scratch will simply leave a mark or abrasion behind. However, bites and scratches can cause bleeding, infection or even deadly diseases such as cat scratch disease or rabies.

What are bite and scratch care options? 
Bites and scratches may require first aid treatment in the form of cleaning and disinfecting the wound and applying antibiotic ointment and a bandage. Medical care should be sought to ensure that the animal in question did not infect the bite or scratch recipient with a more serious disease.

Reviewed by: Jose R. Rosa-Olivares, M.D.

This page was last updated on: 3/20/2018 4:00:30 PM

Urgent Care Centers

Doral Urgent Care Center
3601 NW 107th Avenue
Doral, FL 33178
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Palm Beach Gardens Urgent Care Center
11310 Legacy Avenue
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
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Miramar Urgent Care Center
12246 Miramar Parkway
Miramar, FL 33025
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Miami Lakes Urgent Care Center
15025 NW 77 Avenue
Miami Lakes, FL 33014
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Nirvair Chowdhury Midtown Urgent Care Center
3915 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33137
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West Kendall Urgent Care Center
13400 SW 120th Street
Miami, FL 33186
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Palmetto Bay Urgent Care Center
17615 SW 97 Avenue
Palmetto Bay, FL 33157
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West Bird Urgent Care Center
11449 SW 40 Street
Miami, FL 33165
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Main Campus Urgent Care Center
3100 SW 62 Avenue
Miami, FL 33155
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Golisano | Nicklaus Children's Health Center
3361 Pine Ridge Road
Naples, FL 34109
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Hialeah Urgent Care Center
990 W 49th Street
Hialeah, FL 33012
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Pinecrest Urgent Care Center
11521 South Dixie Highway
Pinecrest, FL 33156
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Homestead Urgent Care Center
2072 NE 8th Street
Homestead, FL 33033
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