When do animal bites usually occur?

Updated: Oct 24, 2018
  • Author: Suzanne K Doud Galli, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Most bites occur in the summer months in the late afternoon. Additionally, most bites occur in the victim's home or in the home of a friend or relative. Often, the animal is known to the victim (eg, a pet). Indeed, a retrospective study by Kumar et al indicated that in pediatric patients, dog bites to the head, face, and neck requiring neurosurgical consultation often are inflicted by the family pet, in most cases a large-breed dog who has manifested no previous incidents of aggression. In such patients, according to the study, the cranial vault is commonly injured, with the most frequent injury being depressed skull fracture. [1]


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