The vast majority of animal bites are by dogs. However, cats, horses, and even exotic animals at zoos are occasionally involved.
While many dog bites are likely to heal quickly, in serious cases the injuries can be so severe that they lead to permanent disfigurement and require surgery. Unfortunately, children are the most common victims of dog attacks because of their natural curiosity, and often under appreciation of the threat a dog can pose. Because of their small size, children are also more likely to suffer more extensive and serious injuries in an attack than those typically sustained by an adult.