Bite Wounds in Pets | First Coast Veterinary Emergency Center

Bite Wounds

Animal Emergency Care information


Always approach the animal slowly and remain calm. Injured animals will often “strike out” and bite when they are in pain. Muzzle your pet or have someone restrain their head before examining their wounds.

Examine the entire animal for bleeding, lacerations, or signs of pain. Multiple wounds may be present but hard to locate under thick hair and fur. Bite wounds that appear to be superficial can cause extensive internal injuries; an example would be a snake or spider bite.

Seek veterinary care immediately. Bite wounds need to be flushed extensively and sutured to prevent infection. Antibiotics will be required as well. If you cannot quickly reach help, flush out the wound extensively with saline solution. Wrap large wounds with a non-clinging bandage material. Do not use tape or tourniquets to stop bleeding. Use firm pressure if needed.

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