Periocular dog bite injuries and responsible care

John R. Burroughs, Charles N.S. Soparkar, James R. Patrinely, Patrick D. Williams, David E.E. Holck

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Purpose: To report patients who received dog bite injuries to the periocular area and the incidence of repeat attacks by the biting dog and its disposition. To discuss the demographics of bite attacks, occult injuries, steps to avoid medicolegal problems, and the appropriate options for animal disposition. Methods: Single-practice prospective case series of dog attacks on 18 victims. Patients were followed and questioned about any repeat attacks by the offending dog. Results: Of 18 individuals who received dog bites to the perio-ocular area, only 2 were >12 years old. Of the 16 cases available for follow-up (4 months to 3 years; mean, 16 months), 7 of the dogs were euthanized and I was sent away from the family. Of the 8 remaining animals, 5 (63%) bit again. All the dogs bit family members or family friends. Conclusions: Although most dogs make wonderful pets, canine bites pose a significant public health concern, and some simple steps may be taken to protect against personal injury and legal fallout from repeat attacks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)416-419
Number of pages4
JournalOphthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Ophthalmology


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