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How to Treat a Cat Bite

So you have been bitten by a cat, what now?

Risks of infection – An important thing to remember is that all cats have dirty mouths and nails. If you get a puncture wound from a bite or scratch, it is almost certain that bacteria have now been transferred from the tooth or nail into your skin. These wounds can be small in size; the opening of the puncture can close over quickly trapping the bacteria deep into your tissue. It can lead to infection (often referred to as cat-scratch-disease) and, if not caught in time, can make the wound much, much worse.

Cleaning wound – If you have suffered a cat bite the first and most important thing to do is flush the wound immediately. Run the area under cool water as long as possible to try and remove as much bacteria as you can. The next step is to scrub the area with a wet sponge or soft cloth that has a disinfectant applied. It ensures the surrounding surface area is clean as well as helping to drain even more bacteria from the wound. When bacteria from a wound spread to surrounding tissues, this can lead to a condition called cellulitis – inflammation of the subcutaneous connective tissue.

Wound care – It is always recommended that you visit a doctor as soon as possible after a bite from a cat. They will be able to assess the wound properly and prescribe necessary medications like antibiotics or anti-inflammatory drugs, and possibly recommend a tetanus booster. Although it is not ideal to stitch a bite wound closed, some wounds are serious enough to require this. They may place a bandage over the wound to stop any new bacteria from entering.

What to expect during the healing phase – Wounds typically take 5-7 days to heal and usually become itchy, red, and inflamed during this phase. These symptoms can be normal and will subside after a few days, but it’s very important to ensure the redness is not spreading further away from the wound. If this is the case, you need to notify your doctor and seek out treatment as soon as possible. It is also important to remember that during the healing phase, wounds are delicate and can be easily reinjured. Take care to not to get your bandage wet as this results in something called “strike-through” – a passage allowing bacteria to enter through the cloth back into the wound. Bandage changes may be required for a serious injury that needs more time to heal.

Always remember to consult your doctor if you have suffered an injury from a cat bite. If you have a question regarding cat bites, give us a call at 902.477.4040 for more information.

Written by: Barbara Hagan, RVT

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 902-477-4040. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Spryfield Animal Hospital