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    • Cat Scratch Disease in Children

      Cat scratches and bites can cause cat scratch disease, a bacterial infection carried in cat saliva. Young kittens younger than a year old are more likely to scratch, increasing the likelihood of infection.

    • Facts About Animal Bites

      Whether the bite is from a family pet or an animal in the wild, scratches and bites can become infected and cause scarring. Animals can also carry diseases that can be transmitted through a bite.

    • How to Keep Bugs From Bugging You

      Although most insects are just nuisances, some can threaten our health.

    • Keep Kids Safe from Bugs

      Many products seek to prevent bug bites, but products containing DEET (usually listed on labels as N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) are quite effective.

    • Rabies in Children

      Rabies occurs mainly in skunks, raccoons, foxes, coyotes, and bats. In some areas, these wild animals infect domestic cats, dogs, and livestock.

    • Treatment for Dog and Cat Bites and Scratches

      For a superficial bite from a healthy household pet, wash the wound with soap and water under pressure from a faucet for at least five minutes.

    • Treatment for Human Bites

      Human bite wounds are more likely to become infected than dog or cat bites. A doctor should check any human bite that breaks the skin.

    • What You Can Do About Dog Bites

      Dogs are responsible for 85 to 90 percent of all animal bites. But, many incidents can be avoided.

    • Why Children Bite

      A young child may bite out of frustration or when under stress. Biting may also be an attempt to gain power—or just a way of exploring the world.