About 1,000 people daily are treated for a dog bite injury at emergency rooms around the country, according to DogsBite.org, a nonprofit advocacy group that works to raise awareness of animal bites, educate pet owners and encourage prevention.
The group cited a study by the editor of Animals 24-7 that looked at press accounts of severe dog bites in the United States and Canada between September 1982 and December 2014.
According to the findings, 86 percent of the attacks over that time period inflicted bodily harm. The most common breeds to inflict bites that caused the most damage and medical treatment included pitbulls, rottweilers, sharpeis, boxers and mixed breeds, among others. Those dogs embody less than 10 percent of the dog population in the U.S. and Canada, but inflict 81 percent of bites to children, 89 percent of bites to adults and are most responsible for disfiguring injuries. About 76 percent of bite-related deaths stemmed from an injury from a pit bull, rottweiler or one of the other aforementioned breeds, the study showed.
In a separate study, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality said that as of 2010, the number of people in the U.S. who were hospitalized for dog bite injuries more than doubled over the course of 16 years. The rate of went from 2.0 to 3.1 per 100,000 patients, the organization reported.
The studies all point to the high costs associated with dog bite injuries. The average price tag on a hospital stay for a patient suffering from a dog bite was $18,200, the agency said. The daily cost of a patient being treated for a bite is about $5,500. The daily cost for a person with another type of injury is about $2,200.
More than 40 percent of emergency room visits and hospital stays to treat a dog bite were billed to private insurance. Medicaid made up nearly 20 percent of emergency room visits and nearly 18 percent of inpatient treatments.
A dog bite can produce serious injury that leaves permanent scars and cost thousands in medical treatment.
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