Dogs, cats, horses, hogs, rats, squirrels, and polecats, frequently inflict bites upon human beings. When these animals are not suffering from rabies these bites generally heal quite readily, though much laceration may result in continued and violent inflammation. If the animal is in a state of rage at the time the bite is inflicted, the wound is likely to assume some of the characteristics of a poisoned wound. We have met several instances in which wounds inflicted by the bite of human beings gave rise to very serious inflammation. In one instance, a surgeon on probing a wound which was inflicted upon the hand, made a diagnosis of dead bone. After making an incision, what was supposed to be a dead bone was removed, which upon examination proved to be an incisor tooth of the individual by whom the bite was made.

Whenever there is the slightest ground for suspicion respecting the condition of the animal inflicting the bite, it should be treated as a poisoned wound, both immediately after the bite is inflicted and subsequently.