Fast Five Quiz: Dog and Cat Bites

Richard H. Sinert, DO


July 09, 2020

A recent boom in pet adoption has been reported, largely due to more people staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Injuries attributed to pets represent a significant problem worldwide, although the precise number of bite wounds is difficult to determine because many are never reported. Estimates suggest that dog bites account for tens of millions of injuries annually, with cat bites second in terms of incidence.

Although local infection and cellulitis are the leading causes of morbidity, sepsis is a potential complication of bite wounds, particularly in immunocompromised individuals. Do you know key aspects and concerns associated with dog and cat bites? Test your knowledge of these common injuries with this short quiz.


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