Animal & Insect Bites

Animal Bites

Most animal bites that are more than just a scratch require emergency care because of their high risk of infection. If the animal was a wild animal or stray, regardless of the severity of the injury there are additional risks that require immediate evaluation. If the animal’s owner is available, be sure to ask if the animal’s rabies shots are up-to-date. The below bite symptoms require immediate care:


  • The person has been seriously wounded
  • Bleeding can’t be stopped after 10 minutes of firm and steady pressure
  • Bleeding is severe
  • Blood spurts from the wound
  • There is a concern for rabies
  • You develop redness, inflammation, and fever after the injury

Insect Bites

Many reactions to insect bites and stings are mild, causing little more than redness, itching, stinging or minor swelling. Occasionally, insect bites and stings, such as from a bee, a wasp, a hornet, a fire ant or a scorpion, can result in severe reactions. If you notice any of the below symptoms, get emergency care immediately:


  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of the lips, eyelids or throat
  • Dizziness, faintness or confusion
  • Rapid Heartbeat
  • Hives
  • Rash and itching
  • Nausea, cramps or voiting
  • Children who have been stung by a scorpion