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Ouch! Cat bites

 Did you know that cat bites and deep scratches are potentially very dangerous?

Cats have very sharp needle like teeth which "inject" bacteria into you when they bite.

Most normal cats carry Pasteurella multocida in their mouths. Streptococcus species and Fusobacterium organisms are also often present and a significant percentage of cats carry Bartonella species, the organisms thought to cause Cat Scratch Disease. Bites and deep scratches can result in the deep implantation of any or all of these organisms. Tetanus, although obviously not to be ignored, is of lesser significance.

Early antibiotic therapy is usually required to prevent the debilitating effects of such injuries. Without proper attention, severe septic infections may result in local and/or systemic signs. If involving the hand, this may include partial or complete loss of use of fingers. Some of these diseases can be life-threatening to immunocompromised individuals, such as HIV-positive patients or patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Patients with prosthetic joints or other prosthetic implants are at particular risk of serious consequences from infections arising from animal bites and scratches 

If you have been bitten or scratched by your pet and are at all concerned, you can download our guidance form here to take with you to a medical professional for treatment.

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