The area around the animal bite is numbed by the injection of medication so that it can be cleansed thoroughly. Any loose bits of tissue or teeth are removed. Puncture wounds are left open.
Longer lacerations (wounds or tears) may have a few loose stitches placed to keep the edges close to one another but allow drainage of any fluid or infection. Sutures are generally removed five to seven days later in clinic.
All animal bites are treated with antibiotics. It is very important that your child take all of the antibiotic medicine. If your child develops an infection while taking antibiotic medicine by mouth, the child will need to be admitted to the hospital so that he / she can receive antibiotics through an IV.
Some animals can carry rabies. If your child is bit by a wild animal that could be infected with rabies, he or she should receive a series of shots to prevent rabies.
You should not worry about rabies if your child was bitten by a lizard, fish, or any other animal that does not have fur.