New figures show that there has been a 5% increase in the number of people in England admitted to hospital for dog bites.
A total of 6,450 people were admitted to hospital after being bitten by a dog in the 12 months to April, compared with 6,130 in the previous 12 months, the data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre reveals.
The breakdown by gender shows that admission rates for women were lower than those for men between the ages of 10 and 45 but similar for over-45s, as men’s admission rates were found to decrease with age.
The North East Strategic Health Authority reported the highest admission rate per head of population at a total of 551, while it was lowest in London at 574 and along the South East coast at 299.
Children under the age of 10 were the most likely group to be admitted to hospital for dog bites, accounting for around a sixth (1,040) of all admissions, with three-quarters needing surgery.
While 494 under-10s needed plastic surgery, 278 were referred to the oral and facial surgery unit.
The admission rate to the trauma and orthopaedic treatment unit was three per 100,000 for those aged between 20 and 29, four per 100,000 for adults between 40 and 49, and one per 100,000 for children under the age of 10.