A dog bite can lead to rabies or tetanus infection. Immediate medical care is needed when the bite is from a dog that has or might have rabies.
Symptoms of infection include redness, swelling, increased pain, and oozing. A doctor should look at these symptoms right away.
Not having had a tetanus shot in five or more years increases tetanus risk. A booster shot may be recommended.
Last Updated Jun 13, 2017