If the victim was bitten by an unprovoked undomesticated animal such as a raccoon or a squirrel,
an immediate shot may be necessary to prevent the possibility of a rabies infection.
Contrary to common belief, a human bite can sometimes be more dangerous than that of an animal
because human saliva contains many more types of bacteria which may cause infection.
A bite from a domestic pet can be painful but rarely requires a visit to the emergency room and
unless obvious bodily harm was sustained, a simple precautionary treatment will suffice.
- Use anti-bacterial soap and water to thoroughly clean the bite wound.
- Apply antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin to prevent infection.
- If the injury resulted in broken skin, dress it with a sterile bandage and replace the dressing frequently.
- If the bite is deep, the victim may need to be treated for a puncture wound.