Skip to main content

How to Treat an Animal Bite

Learn how to treat an animal bite in this first aid video from Howcast with Nurse Mary.


The number one bite in America is a dog bite. There are many dogs out there as pets and sometimes we get in the way of the their mouths. Number one, any infant or child who has a dog bite needs to be seen by a doctor. Very important they need to be checked out.

Anybody who has a bite needs to be evaluated for skin damage, bone damage, underlying tissue damage, tendon damage, nerve damage, even if there's no break in the skin. Number one; get yourself away from the dog. Get you and the person to safety. Number two, if it's bleeding, stop the bleeding. Put some pressure on the wound with a clean cloth, with some gauze, and stop the bleeding. Call your doctor, or go to your doctor. You're going to need to know what type of animal it was, any kind of markings, any coloring where you were, even if you don't know what kind of animal it was.

All the information can help your doctor figure out what the next step is. You especially need to seek medical treatment if the animal was wild, an animal you don't know, if the animal was sick or acting in a way that may be sick, aggressive behavior, be behavior that's not normal for this dog. If you think the animal might be poisonous it's very important to get to the doctor right away to get that checked out. There may be things happening that you don't see right away that a doctor can help you with. And that's what to do in a bite.

Popular Categories