Dog bite wounds in dogs and cats: A retrospective study of 196 cases

M. H. Shamir*, S. Leisner, E. Klement, E. Gonen, D. E. Johnston

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The age, type, etc., time of injury, body areas injured, treatment modalities and mortality rates were reviewed in 185 dogs and 11 cats that were bitten by dogs. Male dogs were more frequently bitten than females, and small dogs (≤ 10 kg) were not only the most common victims but also were more likely to suffer multiple injuries. Mortality occurred only in cases with thoracic or abdominal injuries. Exploratory thoracotomy, performed in some of the cases presented with penetrating thoracic injury, did not prove to alter prognosis. Cats are not as frequently bitten as dogs, and are often younger than the mean age of cats in the overall hospital population.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)107-112
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Veterinary Medicine Series A: Physiology Pathology Clinical Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002


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