Children are the most vulnerable to dog bites •

Children are the most vulnerable to dog bites


Today’s Video of the Day from The Ohio State University describes research which investigated the physical traits and breeds of dogs that are the most dangerous to children.

Of the five million people who are bitten by dogs each year in the United States, children are more vulnerable than adults.

The researchers ultimately found that certain dogs are more frequent offenders, yet the breed of dog was unknown in about 60 percent of dog bite cases.

“The purpose of this study was to evaluate dog bites in children, and we specifically looked at how breed relates to bite frequency and bite severity,” said study lead author Dr. Garth Essig.

“Because mixed breed dogs account for a significant portion of dog bites, and we often didn’t know what type of dog was involved in these incidents, we looked at additional factors that may help predict bite tendency when breed is unknown like weight and head shape.”

The study is published in the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology.


By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

Video Credit: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

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