Dog Bite Statistics

Each year, more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs.

  • Almost 1 in 5 people bitten by dogs require medical attention.
  • Every year, more than 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites; at least half of them are children.
  • Children are, by far, the most common victims of dog bites and are far more likely to be severely injured.
  • Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs.
  • Senior citizens are the second most common dog bite victims.

To learn more, go to: https://www.avma.org/public/Pages/Dog-Bite-Prevention.aspx