While we appreciate the good works done by the humane community and veterinarians, our very first priority is to promote the health and safety of human beings. We, therefore, rely on research conducted by physicians and surgeons to help educate the public and keep communities safe from canine attacks.
PURPOSE: To identify which patients and canines are involved in dog bites of the head and neck, and how they impact health systems.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a single center, retrospective cohort study conducted from January 2012 to June 2013 in an academic, tertiary care center situated between multiple suburban and urban communities. Patients were identified by queried search for all bite-related diagnoses codes.