Dog bite injuries are on the increase, according to the NHS Information Centre.
In 2010-11 there were 6,120 hospital admissions due to dog-related injuries.
This represents an 5% increase from the previous year, and the figure is approximately half the 12,410 animal-related injuries during the 12-month period, which itself was up 1.8% compared to the last year.
April was a particularly bad month for hospital admissions caused by dogs, while the North West seems to be a dog bite hotspot.
One in six of those injured by a dog was a child under the age of 10.
NHS Information Centre chief executive Tim Straughan said: “Our statistics show that the summer is a seasonal hotspot for admissions to hospital for injuries caused by dogs, coupled with a 5% rise overall for such admissions between the latest and previous 12-month period.”