ICD-10 Diagnosis Code W54.0XXA

Bitten by dog, initial encounter

Diagnosis Code W54.0XXA

ICD-10: W54.0XXA
Short Description: Bitten by dog, initial encounter
Long Description: Bitten by dog, initial encounter
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code W54.0XXA

Valid for Submission
The code W54.0XXA is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • External causes of morbidity and mortality (V01–Y98)
    • Exposure to animate mechanical forces (W50-W64)
      • Contact with dog (W54)

Information for Patients


Animal Bites

Also called: Cat bites, Dog bites

Wild animals usually avoid people. They might attack, however, if they feel threatened, are sick, or are protecting their young or territory. Attacks by pets are more common. Animal bites rarely are life-threatening, but if they become infected, you can develop serious medical problems.

To prevent animal bites and complications from bites

  • Never pet, handle, or feed unknown animals
  • Leave snakes alone
  • Watch your children closely around animals
  • Vaccinate your cats, ferrets, and dogs against rabies
  • Spay or neuter your dog to make it less aggressive
  • Get a tetanus booster if you have not had one recently
  • Wear boots and long pants when you are in areas with venomous snakes

If an animal bites you, clean the wound with soap and water as soon as possible. Get medical attention if necessary.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Animal bites - self-care (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Jellyfish stings (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Marine animal stings or bites (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Snake bites (Medical Encyclopedia)


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