(HealthDayNews) -- The nice summer weather has more people and animals outside, increasing your risk of being bitten by a dog or a cat.
According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, if you get bitten, you should:
- Wash the wound with soap and water.
- Apply pressure to the wound with a clean towel to stop the bleeding.
- Bandage the wound.
- Keep the injury elevated above the heart to slow swelling and prevent infection.
- Report the incident to animal control or the police.
- Later, apply antibiotic ointment to the area twice daily until it heals.
You need to call your doctor if you have a cat bite; you have a dog bite on your hand, foot or head; you have a bite that is deep or gaping; you have diabetes, liver or lung disease, cancer or another condition that could weaken your ability to fight infection; or your last tetanus shot was more than five years ago.