Every year, more than 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs. Of those, about 800,000 will need medical attention. Not only are children the most likely victims of these attacks, but they are also the most likely to be severely injured when a dog bites.
Statistics given by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation state that, most, if not all bites are preventable.
There are a lot of ways you can keep kids safe, but among them are these:
- Don’t let your children stare a dog in the eye.
- Let your children know hugs are not for dogs.
- Teach your children that it is proper to ask to pet a dog before doing so.
- Understand every dog has the potential to bite, even the ones you’re closest with.
- Always supervise children around dogs.
Dogs are our treasured companions, but they are still animals. No matter how “your” dog acts and behaves, it’s important to remind children, as well as those around us, that a dog’s character can change instantly.
Staring a dog in its eyes can lead it to become intimidated, therefore doing something to project itself. Many dogs are also unnerved by jerky movements. If your dog is lip-licking, his ears are back, he is turning away, or he is growling, remove the dog from the room and give it a safe place to go.
Contact Your Louisville Attorneys, Kaiman & Crahan, today.
If you, or someone you know, have been the victim of a dog bite through no fault of your own, it’s a good idea to contact an attorney who can guide you through this difficult time. There are laws that protect your rights in unfortunate situations such as this.
Kaiman & Crahan can be reached at (502) 771-0741.