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What are the tests for dog bites?

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Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics
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In brief: Look at the site...

If it looks like a dog bite, and the person bitten confirms it's a dog bite, then no further testing is necessary.
If it requires treatment, then most doctors will simply prescribe the antibiotics most likely to kill the germs typically found in a dog bite without doing further testing.

In brief: Look at the site...

If it looks like a dog bite, and the person bitten confirms it's a dog bite, then no further testing is necessary.
If it requires treatment, then most doctors will simply prescribe the antibiotics most likely to kill the germs typically found in a dog bite without doing further testing.
Dr. Bryan Levey
Dr. Bryan Levey
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In brief: TESTS

For the animal itself, samples of brain tissue are taken.
This requires the animal to be killed. In humans, samples of saliva, serum, spinal fluid, and hair follicles are taken, looking for the virus itself, antibodies, or antigens. FYI-most rabies cases are from wild animals, not domestic animals like dogs or cats.

In brief: TESTS

For the animal itself, samples of brain tissue are taken.
This requires the animal to be killed. In humans, samples of saliva, serum, spinal fluid, and hair follicles are taken, looking for the virus itself, antibodies, or antigens. FYI-most rabies cases are from wild animals, not domestic animals like dogs or cats.
Dr. Darrell Latva
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