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Should you see a doctor for a dog bite?

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Yes. Although you can provide first aid for a dog bite at home, it's important to see a doctor, especially if an unfamiliar dog bit you, the bite is deep, you can't stop the bleeding, or there are any signs of infection (redness, swelling, warmth, pus). Dog bites can cause infections that need to be treated with antibiotics.

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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