Urgent Care for Animal Bites in Southeastern MA & RI
Animal bites typically happen when an animal feels threatened. This is true of both wild animals and domestic pets. However, pets are responsible for most animal bites.
Bites usually cause only minor injury, especially if they don’t break the skin. Those with broken skin have the potential to become infected. With broken skin, there is a risk of a bite becoming infected. Signs of possible infection include redness, swelling, warmth or oozing from the wound. Bites can also cause other problems, such as scarring and emotional trauma, and they can also lead to rabies (more so with wild animal bites).
If you or your child has been bitten by an animal, you can find quick treatment for animal bites in Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Fall River, Lakeville, Seekonk and Wareham, MA and surrounding areas at a Southcoast Health Urgent Care Center.
It’s important to understand animals in order to lower your risk of being bitten. Avoid animals in the wild and those you don’t know. Keep an eye on young children when they are around animals, including pets.
Animal Bite Treatment at Southcoast Health
For minor bites from an animal you know, basic first aid is usually sufficient. Take the following steps:
- Wash the bite with soap and water
- Apply pressure to stop bleeding if necessary
- Apply antibiotic ointment and cover the area with a sterile bandage
- Use over-the-counter pain relievers if necessary
You should seek medical attention at your nearest Southcoast Health Urgent Care Center for the following situations:
- The bite came from a wild animal, an animal unknown to you, a pet not up to date on immunizations or an animal acting strangely.
- The bite is a deep puncture, the skin is torn or there is significant bleeding. A deep puncture wound may not bleed that much, but there is a risk of infection.
- The bite is on the face, head, neck, hand, foot or joint.
- There are signs of infection.
- The person is not up to date on tetanus shots.
We do not offer rabies shots at our urgent care center.
Southcoast Health offers patients urgent care for animal bites and much more with locations in Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Fall River, Lakeville, Seekonk and Wareham, MA.