Dog Bite(PCN allergic)

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Dog bites wounds can have polymicrobial infections including Pasteurella as well as other aerobic and anaerobic pathogens.

Dog bite wounds are typically mixed infections including Aerobic bacteria including Pasteurella, Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, Neisseria, and Corynebacterium species as well as Anaerobic bacteria including Fusobacterium nucleatum, Bacteroides tectus, and Prevotella species

Prophylaxis is indicated in some higher risk dog bites including wounds that are sutured closed (often facial bites), deep puncture wounds, bites in immunocompromised patients, hand wounds and those near joints.

Therapy is typically with Amoxicillin with Clavulanate which covers many of the common pathogens including Pasteurella. In penicillin allergic patients options include:

  • Ciprofloxacin which covers Pasteurella along with clindamycin for broader anaerobic coverage.
  • Doxycycline (Good activity against Eikenella species, Staphylococci, and anaerobes; some Streptococci are resistant)
  • TMP/SMX (Good activity against aerobes; poor activity against anaerobes)


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