Fast Five Quiz: Dog and Cat Bites

Richard H. Sinert, DO

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July 09, 2020

Bites of the hand generally have a high risk for infection because of the relatively poor blood supply of many structures in the hand and anatomical considerations that make adequate cleansing of the wound difficult. In general, the better the vascular supply and the easier the wound is to clean (ie, laceration versus puncture), the lower the risk for infection. In addition to the hand, bites on the feet, major joints, scalp, and face are also associated with increased risk for infection.

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