Dog Bite Injury Statistics

Did you know every 40 seconds, someone in the United States seeks medical attention for a dog bite. There are approximately 800,000 bites per year in the United States that require medical treatment, and sadly, most of the victims are children, and most of them are bitten on the face. Children are by nature attracted to dogs, and also dogs are attracted to children. Nearly $165 million is spent treating dog bites and 70% of dog bites occur on the owner's property.  Dog bites result in approximately 44,000 facial injuries each year. This represents between 0.5% and 1.5% of all hospital emergency room visits. Male patients slightly outnumber females which is a curious statistic. Unfortunately children comprise 60% of all the dog bite victims and summer months prove to be the most frequent (obviously).  Severe injuries occur almost exclusively in children less than 10 years of age. The face is the most frequent target (77% of all injures). Mail carriers are an exception where 97% involve the lower extremities. We see an unusual number of dreadful injuries each spring. Severely injured patients stay an average of 4.2 days in the hospital. Dog bites cause an average of 18 deaths a year.