Dog bite studies ::

A collection of recent medical studies examining nonfatal dog bite injuries in Level 1 trauma centers, national fatal dog bite injury studies, government studies and breed-specific law studies.

Literature Review:

July 2023

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Level 1 Trauma Center Studies Characterizing Dog Bite Injuries Across Major U.S. Geographical Regions (2011-2022)

A review of 22 retrospective dog bite studies from U.S. Level 1 trauma centers. In the majority of studies, pit bulls inflicted a higher prevalence and severity of injuries compared with other breeds.

Level 1 trauma center dog bite studies

March 2020

Dog-Bite Injuries to the Craniofacial Region: An Epidemiologic and Pattern-of-Injury Review at a Level 1 Trauma Center

July 2019

Pediatric Dog Bite Injuries in Central Texas

February 2019

Dog Bite Injuries to the Face: Is There Risk with Breed Ownership? A Systematic Review with Meta-Analysis

October 2017

An Algorithmic Approach to Operative Management of Complex Pediatric Dog Bites: 3-Year Review of a Level I Regional Referral Pediatric Trauma Hospital

April 2017

Characteristics of 1616 Consecutive Dog Bite Injuries at a Single Institution

January-February 2015

Dog Bites of the Head and Neck: An Evaluation of a Common Pediatric Trauma and Associated Treatment

Fatal dog bite injury studies

May 2018

U.S. Dog Bite Fatalities: Breeds of Dogs Involved, Age Groups and Other Factors Over a 13-Year Period (2005 to 2017)

September 15, 2000

Breeds of Dogs Involved in Fatal Human Attacks in the United States Between 1979 and 1998
Also see: Special reports for U.S. dog bite fatalities during the 2020 and 2021 Covid years.

Government dog bite studies

November 2020

The Changing Epidemiology of Dog Bite Injuries in the United States, 2005–2018

Using federal and state dog bite-related injury data, this study provides contemporary data on the incidence of dog bite injuries in the United States and in New York from 2005 to 2018.

November 2010

Emergency Department Visits and Inpatient Stays Involving Dog Bites, 2008

Breed-specific legislation studies

June 30, 2012

Effectiveness of Breed-Specific Legislation in Decreasing the Incidence of Dog-Bite Injury Hospitalisations in People in the Canadian Province of Manitoba

December 2010

Decline in Hospitalisations Due to Dog Bite Injuries in Catalonia, 1997–2008. An Effect of Government Regulation?
  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has not published any dog bite fatality data that includes breeds of dogs information since 2000. Learn more: Nonprofits Urge CDC to Resume Tracking Richer Data Set for Children and Adults Disfigured, Maimed and Killed by Dogs.