Dog bite studies ::
A collection of recent retrospective medical studies examining dog bite injuries in level 1 trauma centers, national nonfatal and fatal dog bite injury studies and breed-specific law studies.
Level 1 Trauma Center Dog Bite Studies in All U.S. Geographical Regions Report Pit Bulls Highest Prevalence (2009 to 2016)
A review of 11 retrospective dog bite studies from U.S. level 1 trauma centers. In the majority of them, pit bulls inflicted a higher prevalence and severity of injuries than all other dog breeds.
Level 1 trauma center studies
An Algorithmic Approach to Operative Management of Complex Pediatric Dog Bites: 3-Year Review of a Level I Regional Referral Pediatric Trauma Hospital
A retrospective review of 108 dog bite victims over a 3-year period from a pediatric level 1 trauma center in the Northeast. Pit bull injuries required operative repair 3 times more than other breeds.
Characteristics of 1616 Consecutive Dog Bite Injuries at a Single Institution
A retrospective review of 1616 dog bite victims over a 4-year period from a pediatric level 1 trauma center in the Southeast. Pit bull bites were implicated in half of all surgeries performed.
Ocular Trauma From Dog Bites: Characterization, Associations, and Treatment Patterns at a Regional Level I Trauma Center Over 11 Years
A retrospective review of 342 dog bite victims from 2003 to 2013 from Harborview Medical Center, a regional level 1 trauma center in the Northwest. Pit bulls accounted for more than 1 in 4 injuries.
Dog Bites of the Head and Neck: An Evaluation of a Common Pediatric Trauma and Associated Treatment
A retrospective review of 334 dog bite injuries from a level 1 trauma center in Sacramento. One third of all injuries were caused by pit bull terriers and resulted in the highest rate of consultation.
Mortality, Mauling, and Maiming by Vicious Dogs
A retrospective review of 228 dog bite victims from 1994 to 2009 from a regional level 1 trauma center in South Texas. When breed was known (82), pit bulls accounted for 35% of injuries.
Government dog bite injury studies
Emergency Department Visits and Inpatient Stays Involving Dog Bites, 2008
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality published a study in 2010 showing that the number of Americans hospitalized for dog bite injuries almost doubled over a 15-year period.
Nonfatal Dog Bite-Related Injuries Treated in Hospital Emergency Departments - United States, 2001
In 2003, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a study that examines the frequency of dog bite-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments.
Fatal dog bite injury studies
U.S. Dog Bite Fatalities: Breeds of Dogs Involved, Age Groups and Other Factors Over a 13-Year Period (2005 to 2017)
A 2018 report issued by DogsBite.org shows that over 35 dog breeds contributed to 433 deaths in a 13-year period. Pit bulls contributed to 66% of these deaths, followed by rottweilers with 10%.
September 15, 2000
Breeds of Dogs Involved in Fatal Human Attacks in the United States Between 1979 and 1998
A 2000 report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)1 reviewed a 20-year period to determine the types of dog breeds most responsible for U.S. dog bite fatalities.
Breed-specific law 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
A study analyzing dog bite injury hospitalizations over a 23-year period (1984 to 2006) in Manitoba showed a significant reduction at the provincial level after implementing breed-specific laws.
Decline in Hospitalisations Due to Dog Bite Injuries in Catalonia, 1997–2008. An Effect of Government Regulation?
A study analyzing hospitalizations for dog bite injuries over a 12-year period in Catalonia, Spain after changes in legal regulations, including breed-specific regulations, showed a 38% decrease.