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You may need to take antibiotics for seven to 14 days to prevent or treat an infection. The doctor may ask you to come back in one to three days to have the injury rechecked. It's rare for dogs in the U.S. to have rabies, but if you don't know the dog's health status, or if it tests positive for rabies, you'll need to get a rabies vaccine. (Bear in mind that the dog will have to be euthanized and its brain tested for rabies.) The doctor will also make sure that you're up to date on your tetanus shot.

From: Dog Bites WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 13, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 9/13/2018

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Cat and Dog Bites."

CDC web site: "Dog Bites." 

Presutti, R.J. , 2001. American Family Physician

Marx J.A., Hockberger, R.S., Walls. R.M., Adams, J.G., Barsan W.G., eds., , seventh edition, Philadelphia, Mosby Elsevier; 2009. Rosen's Emergency Medicine

Cohen J., Powderly W.G., Berkley S.F., Calandra T., Clumeck N., Finch R.G., , second edition, Philadelphia, Mosby Elsevier, 2004. Infectious Diseases

Taplitz, R.A. , 2004. Postgraduate Medicine

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 13, 2018

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Cat and Dog Bites."

CDC web site: "Dog Bites." 

Presutti, R.J. , 2001. American Family Physician

Marx J.A., Hockberger, R.S., Walls. R.M., Adams, J.G., Barsan W.G., eds., , seventh edition, Philadelphia, Mosby Elsevier; 2009. Rosen's Emergency Medicine

Cohen J., Powderly W.G., Berkley S.F., Calandra T., Clumeck N., Finch R.G., , second edition, Philadelphia, Mosby Elsevier, 2004. Infectious Diseases

Taplitz, R.A. , 2004. Postgraduate Medicine

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 13, 2018

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