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What bites can do to the body: Cats and dogs attack

When you're bitten by an animal, the last thing you're going to be thinking about is how to pay for your care. Your main concern will be getting the help you need to suture wounds, prevent infection or to surgically repair broken bones, torn muscles or other concerns.

Bite wounds are not uncommon in the United States. They come from strays, pets and wild animals. Each year, there are around 5 million dog bites. Cats also cause a significant number of injuries. Cat bites actually pose a higher risk because of the deeper punctures they cause. Deeper punctures, especially when thin, close over as they heal, trapping bacteria inside. If an infection begins, it can radiate throughout the body from the initial puncture.

Dogs cause different bite-related issues. They have strong jaws, so they can crush tissues and bones. As they tug or rip their heads side to side, the teeth tear through the muscles and flesh.

Any bite that breaks the skin can cause a deep-tissue infection. This is why if you're bitten it's important to go to the hospital for treatment. Rabies, tetanus and other infections could all be potential complications without the right treatments.

While you recover, your attorney can work with you to help seek compensation from the owner of the pet that bit you. He or she can carry on with the legal aspects of your case, so that you can focus on your recovery. It's important for you to take time to heal and get the best medical attention, so you can get back to your normal life.

Source: WebMD, "Wound Care: Your Essential First Aid Care Guide," accessed Sep. 09, 2016

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