How does patient education help prevent animal bites?

Updated: Sep 14, 2020
  • Author: Suzanne K Doud Galli, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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  • Education is the key to prevention. This is pertinent, especially for children, who are at higher risk for a more serious bite injury.

  • Children can be educated at a young age to avoid strange animals and to avoid aggravating familiar animals.

  • The small size of children puts them at risk for aggressive, dominating behavior by animals.

  • For patient education resources, see the Bites and Stings Center and Bacterial and Viral Infections Center, as well as Animal Bites and Rabies.

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