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Animal and Insect Bites

Bites cause wounds that need treatment. Additionally, an animal's mouth contains bacteria that may cause infections, such as rabies or tetanus.

What to do

Flush the wound with water, cleanse with mild soap and wash the area thoroughly. If the skin is broken, move the area as little as possible and have it examined by a physician.

For pet bites, your physician may recommend bringing the animal to your veterinarian so that the animal can be kept under surveillance.

For wild-animal bites, call animal control or if you have restrained the animal (not recommended), turn it over to animal control authorities.

Although rabies infections in people are rare, they cause serious health problems. Any animal bites, even those that do not involve rabies, can lead to infections and other medical problems. Contact your physician immediately.

Bee and Insect stings

The danger of bee stings:

The two greatest risks from most insect stings are allergic reaction (which, in some individuals, can be fatal) and infection (more common and less serious).

What to do if you are stung:

If you have been stung by a bee, wasp, hornet, or yellow jacket, follow these instructions closely:

When to seek medical attention:

Seek immediate medical attention if you are stung in the mouth or nose as swelling may block airways. Also seek emergency care if any of the following symptoms are present, as these could indicate an allergic reaction:

Montgomery County Animal Control: 240-773-5925