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Your child is accidentally nipped by the family dog during a friendly game of tug of war. A neighbor’s cat bites or scratches you or your child when the cat becomes startled. Or, you’re at the beach and fail to do the “stingray shuffle” while walking in the sandy surf and suffer a stingray bite on your foot.
Worse yet, you are bitten by a wild animal while trying to rid it from your property.
Many animals can transmit rabies with a bite.
Your primary care doctor or urgent care provider will clean the wound. Stitches and a dressing could be used.
A tetanus shot may be given if the last shot was more than five years ago.
If it’s determined that the risk for rabies is high, a rabies vaccine may be given. Sometimes, a series of rabies vaccines may be necessary.
An antibiotic might be prescribed to prevent infection.