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Who is at Risk for Dog Bites?


Although dogs bite people of every age and gender, children between the ages of 5 and 9 have the highest rate of dog-bite injuries. In addition, children are also more likely to require dog bite treatment for injuries resulting from dog bites.

In younger children, dog bites also occur in more serious areas, including the head, neck, and face. As children grow older, dog bites more commonly occur in the extremities, such as the hands and fingers.

In many instances, dog bites occur in your backyard — literally. The majority of dog attacks (61 percent) happen at home or at a familiar place. In addition, 75 percent of dog bites come from dogs that belong to a friend or family member of the victim.

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