Cat Bites Tip


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Pet bites to people are a common presenting problem to emergency rooms around the country.

Bites are dangerous for two reasons. First, the bites are often loaded with tons of bacteria that are essentially "injected" into your flesh increasing the risk of infection. Secondly, bites can cause substantial tearing and bruising of flesh, muscles and nerves.

Dog bites tend to have more crushing and skin trauma injuries whereas cat bites tend to have bacteria implanted deep into the tissues. Both types of bites are dangerous. Cat bites are actually worse because the smaller puncture wounds might not look as bad initially, so they are mistakenly ignored.

If you have been bitten, call your physician or go to your local emergency room.

For more information on pet bites, please read The Danger of Pet Bites.

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debra-primovic Dr. Debra Primovic

Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.