Animal Bites

CKS

 

Thorough irrigation is important. 

Assess risk of tetanus, rabies, blood borne viruses e.g., HIV, hepatitis B/C.

Antibiotic prophylaxis is advised if cat bite/puncture wound; bite to hand, foot, face, joint, tendon, ligament; immunocompromised/diabetic/elderly/ asplenic/cirrhotic/ presence of prosthetic valve or prosthetic joint.

Animal Bites:

co-amoxiclav

625mg three times daily

For 7 days

If penicillin allergic - adult (> 12 years):

doxycycline

 

100mg twice daily

For 7 days

PLUS metronidazole

400mg three times daily

For 7 days

If penicillin allergic child < 12 years: Co-trimoxazole 

For 7 days

PLUS metronidazole

For 7 days