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Animal Bites

 

Even a most docile pet dog may snap and bite if teased, hurt or disturbed while eating. The stray dog on the street or the playground will also bite. A doctor should be consulted in either case. If a pet is protected against rabies, nothing may be necessary except to care the wound. The wound should be thoroughly washed with soap and water, and some antiseptic should be applied. The dog should be carefully observed for 4 to 5 days for any sign of sickness. In the case of a stray dog, anti-rabic injections will have to be taken under a doctor’s advice.

Rabies is a very serious disease. Even in the case of a pet dog, and especially if the bite is on the face, neck or hands, treatment should be started, but stopped after 4 days if the dog is found to be well.

 


 
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