Fast Five Quiz: Dog and Cat Bites

Richard H. Sinert, DO


July 09, 2020

Pasteurella multocida infection is the most common infection contracted from cat bites. It may also be complicated by sepsis. Wound infections associated with animal bites usually have a polymicrobial etiology. Complications include rapidly progressive cellulitis, abscesses, tenosynovitis, osteomyelitis, and septic arthritis. The latter two are particularly common after cat bites because cats have small, sharp, penetrative teeth.

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