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Sixty seconds on . . . dog bites

BMJ 2021; 373 doi: (Published 19 April 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n1006
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. 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 …

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