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Treating Dog and Other Animal Bites

Summary: An animal bite can be frightening and even life-threatening. What steps should you take if you've been bitten?
Air Date: 3/1/13
Duration: 10
Host: Dr. Leigh Vinocur
Guest Bio: Dr. Rich O'Brien
Richard O’Brien, MD is an associate professor of emergency medicine at The Commonwealth Medical College of Pennsylvania in Scranton. He is also a columnist for Bottom Line Health and editor of Bottom Line’s Daily Health News. Dr. O’Brien is also a spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians and a recipient of the group’s Communications Lifetime Achievement Award.
Treating Dog and Other Animal Bites
An animal bite can be frightening and even life-threatening.

Rabies is one concern. Whether you've been bitten by a domestic animal or a wild animal, you need to consider the possibility of rabies. From dogs and cats to bats and raccoons, the threat exists.

Other concerns arise from pet bites, such as from a dog or a cat. Cat bites can be extremely dangerous and often result in infection.

Our guest, Dr. Rich O'Brien, discusses the immediate steps you need to take if you've been bitten by an animal, as well as methods of treatment and prevention.



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