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Animal Bites and Scratches Treatment, Orange County, CA

Animal Bites and Scratches

Affordable Walk-In Treatment for Animal Bites and Scratches

Animal bites, scratches, and cuts are common but should not be ignored, as breaks in the skin from scratches and bites can allow bacteria to enter causing an infection. If untreated, more severe infections can spread and cause complications such as organ failure. That’s why it is essential to seek immediate medical care for animal bites and scratches, even if they are minor and caused by your pet.

At FCCMG, we offer best-in-class treatment for animal bites and scratches with personalized care and attention. We have three urgent care locations in Irvine, Costa Mesa, and Fountain Valley, which are open seven days a week.

Highlights of Our Urgent Care Facilities

  • Certified, well-trained, and experienced providers
  • Online check-in to avoid wait times
  • On-site x-ray and lab facilities
  • Friendly and compassionate staff
  • Open 7 days a week with extended hours
  • Free parking

How to Identify If My Bite and Scratches Need Medical Attention?

Your bite or scratch may need immediate medical attention if it:

  • Is near a joint, or located on the face, neck, hands, or feet
  • Keeps bleeding even after applying direct pressure to the wound
  • Is caused by an animal that was wild, stray, or behaving strangely
  • Is deep, large, or severe
  • Causes pus-like discharge, redness, swelling, or intense pain

Things to Do While Seeking Medical Care for an Animal Bite or a Scratch

Before visiting an urgent care for your treatment, keep the following recommendations in mind.

  • If you experience severe bleeding from the wound, apply pressure to it with a clean cloth or bandage to slow down the bleeding
  • Clean small wounds with soap and water and hold them under running water for a few minutes. Dry the wound, apply antibiotic ointment, and cover it with a clean cloth or sterile gauze.

Remember, children with animal bites may need antibiotics, a tetanus shot, or in rare instances, a rabies shot to prevent infections and other complications. If your child has a weakened immune system or an existing medical condition, take your child to an urgent care center immediately after a bite or scratch. Also, the risk of infection increases if their tetanus shots are not up to date.

What Does Your Healthcare Provider Need to Know About an Animal Bite?

During your appointment for an animal bite treatment, inform your healthcare provider about the following items:

  • Location of the incident
  • Whether it is a domestic or wild animal
  • Type of wound (scratch, cut, or open wound)
  • If you know whether the animal has been immunized against rabies
  • Whether or not the animal was behaving oddly (if sick, mention the symptoms present in the animal)
  • Number of exposures
  • Whether or not the animal was captured for quarantine or testing

How Do We Diagnose and Treat Animal Bites and Scratches?

At FCCMG, our animal bites and scratches diagnosis begins with examining the affected area to assess the depth of the scratch/bite. We will also review your symptoms to check whether your wound is infected.

Depending on the location and severity of the wound, we may recommend any of the following treatment options:

  • Oral or IV antibiotics – Recommended if your wound is infected, deeper, or more likely to cause an infection
  • Tetanus Shot – To prevent tetanus (a life-threatening infection)

Why You Should Treat Even Small Animal Bites and Scratches

Untreated animal bites and scratches may cause the following health complications:

Risk factors for developing a chest cold include:

  • Potential nerve and blood vessel damage
  • Bacterial or rabies infections
  • An infection from a broken animal tooth or a foreign object lodged in your wound

The following animals may pose an especially high risk of infection:

  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Wild animals (bats, skunks, foxes, raccoons, and wild dogs)

So, to avoid risks of infection, make sure to update your tetanus shots. If you own a pet, ensure it is properly licensed and immunized.

Visit Our Urgent Care Centers for Animal Bites and Scratches Treatment

Whether you are dealing with an animal bite or scratch, visit us at one of our urgent care clinics Irvine Woodbridge Walk-In Urgent Care, Fountain Valley Urgent Care, or Costa Mesa Urgent Care, today for prompt diagnosis and treatment. With our dedicated medical attention, you can effectively manage your condition while preventing complications.

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