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Dog bites

Animal and human bites can become easily infected if they're not assessed and treated promptly.
Symptoms of bites
The symptoms of animal bites vary depending on the type of animal involved.
Causes of bites
The majority of dog bites are unprovoked, usually by a family dog or a dog that belongs to a friend or neighbour.
Treating bites
Clean the wound immediately if you've been bitten by an animal or human. Run it under warm tap water for a couple of minutes.
Complications of bites
Infection is the main complication that can occur from animal or human bites. Tetanus and rabies are rarer but they can occur and are very serious.
Preventing bites
Never leave a child unsupervised with a dog, regardless of what type of dog it is or its previous behaviour.