In South Africa there are a variety of animals
that have the potential to inflict injuries.
However, such injuries are relatively rare
compared with dog bites, which are by far
the most frequently encountered animal bites
managed in our emergency centres. Many of
the principles in the management of dog bites
also apply to bites from other animals. Snake
bite victims may require specific medical
interventions such as the administration of
antivenoms. For these reasons the focus of this
article will be on dog bites and snake bites.