What are dog/cat/animal bites?

Also known as: cat and dog bites, animal bites, animal attacks

A wound inflicted by an animal, whether a pet or wild, can range from mild to severe, deep or superficial. Pet bites are common, usually minor- however if they become infected a serious illness may result. Wild animals generally avoid people unless they/their young feel threatened or their territory is invaded.


Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

This page was last updated on: 1/29/2019 3:21:13 PM

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