1.) Minor Wounds: If the bite is shallow and there’s no danger of rabies, wash the wound thoroughly and apply an antibiotic cream to prevent infection. Cover with a clean bandage.
2.) Deep Wounds: If the bite creates a deep puncture of the skin and is bleeding, apply pressure with a clean, dry cloth to stop the bleeding and seek medical attention.
3.) Infections: Seek medical attention immediately if you notice signs of infection, such as swelling, redness, increased pain or oozing.
4.) Suspected Rabies: If rabies is suspected because the animal is of unknown immunization status, particularly bats, seek medical attention immediately.
This article was originally published in BALLISTIC™ Summer 2015 magazine. Print Subscriptions are available here.