Dog bites

General description / cause

  • Dog bites are detected on abattoir inspection when wounds to the skin, resembling bite marks, are found.
  • Damage and bruising to underlying tissue may be present and wounds may be infected.
  • Bite wounds are most commonly found on the back legs.

Clinical signs

  • Reluctance to walk due to pain

Diagnosis

  • There is no certain way to distinguish between domestic and wild dog attacks.
  • The size of the puncture marks; their location and nature help distinguish between foxes, dogs and the talons of birds of prey.

Prevention

  • Muzzle biting dogs
  • Improve dog training and management
  • Control dingoes and wild dogs

Learn more

Fact Sheet - Dog Bites