Format

Send to

Choose Destination
Public Health Rep. 1998 May-Jun;113(3):252-7.

Dog and cat bites: epidemiologic analyses suggest different prevention strategies.

Author information

1
Veterinary Services, El Paso City-County Health and Environmental District, TX, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the characteristics of reported dog and cat bite incidents in El Paso, Texas, and their implications for local bite prevention programs.

METHODS:

The authors reviewed a random sample of reported dog bites and all reported cat bites in El Paso, Texas, in 1995 using existing animal control surveillance data.

RESULTS:

The majority of cat bites (89.4%) were provoked, with females (57.5%) and adults (68.3%) more likely to be victims than males or children. In contrast, just under half of dog bites (44.6%) were provoked, with males (65.6%) and children (63%) more likely to be victims than females or adults. Dogs that had not been vaccinated for rabies were involved in 65% of dog bites and cats that had not been vaccinated for rabies were involved in 92% of cat bites.

CONCLUSION:

Effective bite prevention programs should address the finding that both restrained and unrestrained dogs may bite even when unprovoked and that unrestrained cats usually bite when provoked.

Comment in

PMID:
9633872
PMCID:
PMC1308678
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center