If any resident of New Jersey is ever bitten by an animal, domesticated or otherwise, it’s likely a good idea to seek medical attention immediately to prevent disease or infection. Some animal bites may require more concern than others, however, due to the potential diseases carried by the animal or the risk of infection.
Consumer Affairs ran an article claiming that cat bites are more dangerous than dog bites. They quoted a study done by Mayo Clinic which showed that every one in three cat bite victims needed to be hospitalized with varying degrees of urgency. Cat bites are thought to be more dangerous than dog bites not necessarily because of the bacteria in their mouths, but because of their teeth. Unlike dog bites, which tend to scrape the skin and leave a more artificial wound, cat teeth can puncture deeply into the flesh and “inject” bacteria in.
However, the World Health Organization (WHO) points out that dog bites occur more frequently, adding up to tens of millions of yearly injuries in the United States alone. Between 76 percent and 94 percent of animal bite injuries are attributed to dogs. While the potential for rabies is a risk for both cats and dogs, it’s also more commonly associated with dogs. However, rabies vaccinations should be administered and the animal in question should be tested for rabies in either case.
Domestic animal bites can be incredibly dangerous. Even if these animals are tame and non-venomous, the infections that occur after being bitten can wreak havoc if left unchecked.