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Factors associated with bites to a child from a dog living in the same home

L. L. M. Messam, P. H. Kass and others

Frontiers in Veterinary Science (2018) 5, 66

doi: 10.3389/fvets.2018.00066

• What did the research find?

This study suggests that the risk of a bite to a child by the family’s dog is associated with characteristics of the child, the dog and the child-dog environment.

Boys and younger children were at higher risk for bites than girls and older children. Dogs living in a home with no outdoor space were at an elevated risk of biting a child living in the same home, compared to dogs that had access to an outdoor space. Dogs routinely allowed inside for some portion of the day and dogs routinely allowed to sleep in a family member’s bedroom were also more likely to bite a child living in the home than those that were not.

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