Which animals are responsible for most animal bites?

Updated: Oct 24, 2018
  • Author: Suzanne K Doud Galli, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Answer

Animal bites are not uncommon occurrences. However, victims who are treated in emergency centers represent only a small percentage of all bite victims. Although notification is mandatory in many states, an estimated 50% of all dog bites are not reported. See the image below.

The child in this photo sustained a dog bite to th The child in this photo sustained a dog bite to the face. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Tanner Ford, TRFPhotography.

Most animal bites are dog bites (80-90%). Cat bites make up approximately 10%, and bites from miscellaneous animals and rodents also contribute to these figures.


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