Many dog bites are minor. Some, however, can cause serious complications. With any animal bite, infection is one of the primary concerns. It’s important to recognize when a dog bite requires medical attention.
You should see a doctor for a dog bite if:
- The dog that bit you seems sick, is acting strangely, or may not have up-to-date rabies shots
- There are signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, inflammation, or pus leakage
- The bleeding is hard to control or doesn’t stop
- Bone, tendons, or muscle are exposed
- The wound is very painful
- A limb or area near the bite tingles, becomes numb, or you’re unable to move it
- You feel disoriented, weak, or faint
- A fever develops
- You’re unsure when you had your last tetanus shot
If any of the above is true, you should aim to see a healthcare provider the same day. Your Physicians Immediate Care provider will conduct a complete examination and take your medical history. The provider may prescribe antibiotics for infection. In the case of possible rabies exposure, treatment including a rabies vaccine may be recommended. Additionally, dog bites, especially from unknown animals, are often reported to the police or animal control.
Physicians Immediate Care offers extended hours at more than 50 clinics, so you can get the urgent care you need. Find an urgent care clinic near you today to walk in or reserve an appointment.