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Letters Risks and benefits of dog ownership

Collaboration between medical and veterinary professions on the problem of dog bites

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 13 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5083
  1. C J Mannion, consultant maxillofacial surgeon1,
  2. K Shepherd, veterinary surgeon and clinical animal behaviourist 2,
  3. D Greenberg, veterinary surgeon3
  1. 1Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds LS1 3EX, UK
  2. 2Woodford, Northamptonshire, UK
  3. 3Alder Veterinary Hospital, Liverpool, UK
  1. chrismannion{at}

Orritt’s article highlights the inaccurate use of statistics and reporting of dog bite injuries,1 yet a serious clinical problem exists.2

As a surgeon, one of us (CJM) regularly treats patients with wounds caused by dog bites. Any GP or emergency department doctor is likely to say the same. Increasing numbers of veterinary surgeons are also being bitten and injured.

Clearly, research is needed to establish accurate dog …

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