Sixty seconds on . . . dog bitesBMJ 2021; 373 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n1006 (Published 19 April 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n1006
- Abi Rimmer
- The BMJ
Who let the dogs out?
Good question. Arguably you could say it was Prime Minister Boris Johnson when he announced a national lockdown in England in March 2020. While there are no official figures, data from the pet food industry show that in 20191 25% of UK households owned a dog, compared with 33%2 in 2021, with the number of dogs rising from nine million to 12.5 million.
Is that a problem?
Not necessarily. However, Simon Minford, advanced paediatric nurse practitioner at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, says that around six …