A Patient’s Guide to Domestic Animal Bites

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A Patient’s Guide to Domestic Animal Bites

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Domestic animal bites are common in the United States with an estimated 5 million occurring annually. Many of these injuries are managed at home but over 800,000 present to physicians. Antibiotic prophylaxis is recommended for animal bites to the hands and feet and in patients with a weakened immune system.


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Theis, Jake. (2008). A Patient’s Guide to Domestic Animal Bites. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/5881.

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