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For those of us who keep our dogs in fenced-in yards, set up supervised play dates, and take our pooches on leashed walks, the thought of him suffering from a bite wound from a dog or other animal may seem unlikely.
However, often dogs are bitten by dogs they know, be it another family pet or known playmate.
Cats, both indoor and outdoor living, can experience bite wounds too. Be it another pet family member, a stray cat or dog from the neighborhood passing through your property, or another unfriendly creature – a cat being wounded from a bite can happen.
In fact, one of the most common reasons for emergency veterinarian visits is because of bite wounds. In the event of a bite wound, you can make sure that your pet is covered with PetFirst Pet Insurance. Get a quote today.
Biting is one of a number of aggressive behaviors dogs use to communicate:
Aggressive behaviors such as growling, lunging, snarling, muzzle punching, and biting are used in the dog world to resolve competitive issues over food, pack position, attention, and territory.
Aggression can also be a means of warding off a perceived threat. This can be the case when a dog feels he is protecting himself or his “people” from a strange dog or another animal.
Is my pet’s bite infected?
All bite wounds should be considered infected in the sense that they are contaminated with bacteria.
Animals’ mouths contain a whole host of bacteria. Therefore any bite that punctures your pet’s skin can introduce infectious bacteria below the skin’s surface.
Once bacteria is below the surface it has the potential to spread throughout the tissue, causing infection to organs.
My pet was bitten, what should I do?
If your pet is bitten by another dog, cat, or wild animal, take the following steps:
Go to the vet
It can be difficult to determine the extent of your pet’s injuries, particularly if they are in an area of the body covered by fur. Small puncture wounds can be easy to miss and can close up quickly.
If your pet has been bitten it is better to be on the safe side and make an appointment with your vet.
Your vet will certainly want to thoroughly wash out any wounds. He or she will then determine what type of treatment is needed and will likely prescribe an antibiotic to ensure that no infection develops.
You can expect to be sent home with aftercare instructions which will most likely include:
You can reduce the odds of your pet being bitten by another animal by walking him on a leash, supervising him outside, and making sure not to approach loose dogs and cats and any other animals you do not know.
Accidents and illness happen and are unexpected, so that’s where pet insurance comes in —let us give you a free quote today.
You can count on PetFirst to be there should an accident or injury occur to your furry family member.