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One Health approach to dog bite prevention
  1. Christopher James Mannion1 and
  2. Kendal Shepherd2
  1. Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds Dental Institute, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 9LU
  2. Veterinary Surgeon and Animal Behaviourist, 16 Church Street, Finedon, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire NN9 5NA
  1. email: chrismannion{at}

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WE read with interest the recent Comment in Veterinary Record discussing ways in which the medical and veterinary professions could collaborate more ‘for everyone's benefit’ (VR, January 25, 2014, vol 174, p 78). With recent Hospital Episode Statistics (HSCIS) showing a 550 per cent increase in the number of hospital admissions from 1989 to 2013 related to dog bites and dog strikes (HSCIS 2013) and an estimated annual cost to the health service of £10 million (Anon 2013), we feel this is a subject that requires urgent attention and would benefit from a coming together of the two professions, and more.

In a recent review of dog bite injuries (DBIs), seen over the course …

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