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Types of infections that result from dog bites

On Behalf of | Jun 28, 2024 | Personal Injury

A dog bite is a traumatic experience. The shock is even worse when bacteria from the canine’s mouth seep into the wound and cause an infection.

Some infections result in long-term health problems and even death if they do not receive proper treatment. Therefore, anyone suffering the aftereffects of a canine attack should seek immediate medical care.


Pasteurella is a bacterium commonly found in the mouths of many animals, including dogs. When it enters the body, it produces symptoms such as redness, swelling and pain surrounding the bite. Sometimes, it leads to even more worrying conditions, such as cellulitis.


Although infections from Capnocytophaga are rare, they can be life-threatening, especially for people with weakened immune systems. Signs of trouble may include blistering, fever, vomiting and diarrhea. If the infection spreads to the bloodstream, it can cause sepsis, which demands prompt medical attention.


Rabies is a viral infection that sometimes gets transmitted through the bite of an infected dog. It affects the central nervous system and, if left untreated, is almost always fatal. Early indications of rabies include fever, headache and general weakness. As the disease progresses, more severe problems such as anxiety, confusion and hallucinations may develop.


Caused by the bacterium Clostridium tetani, tetanus can enter the body through deep bite wounds. It results in muscle stiffness and spasms, starting from the jaw and neck muscles before spreading elsewhere.


Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a staph infection resistant to many antibiotics. In severe cases, MRSA can trigger more serious infections in the bloodstream, lungs or other organs.

Dogs with a propensity to bite put everyone nearby in real danger. Owners must be extra cautious that their furry friends never harm anyone.