Introduction</h5> The mutually beneficial relationship between humans and dogs is sometimes overshadowed by bites. Possible injuries range from minor lacerations to fatal wounds ( Horswell and Chahine, 2011 ). Epidemiological studies indicate that the most common victims of dog bite injuries are children ( Wright, 1991; Overall and Love, 2001; Ozanne-Smith et al., 2001 ) and most dogs that bite are familiar with their victims ( Gershman et al., 1994; Brogan et al., 1995; Bernardo et al., 2002; Kaye et al., 2009 ). Among the more serious dog bite injuries are those that occur on the face ( Tu et al., 2002 ). The most serious cases can have cosmetic and functional consequences ( Mcheik et al., 2000 ). The incidence of bites to the face is associated with victim's age; children are mostly bitten on the face, whereas adults are usually bitten on the limbs ( Morgan and Palmer, 2007 ).</P>In order to develop an effective preventative program, it is necessary to recognise which interactions between humans and dogs are likely to result in a bite injury ( Mathews and Lattal, 1994; Mills and De Keuster, 2009 ). Although the literature on dog bites to humans is
The Veterinary Journal – Elsevier
Published: Dec 1, 2015
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