(HealthDay News) -- Wild animals typically avoid human contact, but they may attack if they feel threatened, are sick or are protecting their young.
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Attacks by pets are more common, but are rarely life-threatening, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says.
The agency suggests how to help prevent animal bites:
- Never pet, handle or feed unknown animals.
- Leave snakes alone. Wear boots and long pants in areas near venomous snakes.
- Watch your children closely when animals are near.
- Vaccinate pet cats, dogs and ferrets against rabies.
- Spay or neuter your pet, which typically makes it less aggressive.
- Get a tetanus booster, if you have not had one recently.
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