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BITE WOUNDS
 
Bite wounds generally fall into different categories. The most common are dog vs. dog or dogs vs. cat or cat vs. cat. Occasionally wild animal (coyote) vs. dog or cat can result in some of the most severe bite wound attacks.

Wounds that result from one animal biting another can be very serious due to infections and damage that occurs under the skin. The damage that is found on the skin is generally considered the tip of the iceberg with most damage occurring below the skin from the tearing and shaking action of the attack.

Because it is difficult to determine the amount of damage done to the tissues under the skin an examination by a veterinarian is advised. If your animal receives a bite wound, clean the area well with water and a gentle soap. Most wounds will become infected and require antibiotic treatment. It is best to have the wound looked at promptly to get treatment before infection begins.

If there is a large wound with underlying tissue exposed do NOT put anything on the area and take the animal to a veterinarian immediately.

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