Which parts of the body are most commonly bitten by animals?

Updated: Oct 24, 2018
  • Author: Suzanne K Doud Galli, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Most animal bites occur on the extremities, but the head and neck region is also often affected. Animal bites to the face are most commonly made by dogs or cats. Of all dog bites, 9-36% occur to the head and neck region. The head and neck region is injured in 6-20% of persons who sustain cat bites. Children are injured more frequently in the head and neck region than adults.


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