Are animal bites more common in males or females?

Updated: Oct 24, 2018
  • Author: Suzanne K Doud Galli, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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In general, animal bites occur with equal incidence in men and women. However, dog bites occur more frequently in men and boys, while cat bites occur more frequently in women and girls. The aforementioned study by Holzer et al found the likelihood of presenting with a dog bite to be particularly high among males diagnosed with an externalizing behavior disorder. [3]


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