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Animal and Human Bites
Cat Scratch Disease in Children
Cat scratches and bites can cause cat scratch disease, a bacterial infection carried in cat saliva. Young kittens younger than a year old are more likely to scratch, increasing the likelihood of infection.
Facts About Animal Bites
Whether the bite is from a family pet or an animal in the wild, scratches and bites can become infected and cause scarring. Animals can also carry diseases that can be transmitted through a bite.
How to Keep Bugs From Bugging You
Although most insects are just nuisances, some can threaten our health.
Keep Kids Safe from Bugs
Many products seek to prevent bug bites, but products containing DEET (usually listed on labels as N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) are quite effective.
Rabies in Children
Rabies occurs mainly in skunks, raccoons, foxes, coyotes, and bats. In some areas, these wild animals infect domestic cats, dogs, and livestock.
Treatment for Dog and Cat Bites and Scratches
For a superficial bite from a healthy household pet, wash the wound with soap and water under pressure from a faucet for at least five minutes.
Treatment for Human Bites
Human bite wounds are more likely to become infected than dog or cat bites. A doctor should check any human bite that breaks the skin.
What You Can Do About Dog Bites
Dogs are responsible for 85 to 90 percent of all animal bites. But, many incidents can be avoided.
Why Children Bite
A young child may bite out of frustration or when under stress. Biting may also be an attempt to gain power—or just a way of exploring the world.