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 most, if not all, bites are preventable.
Among the ways to keep your children safe:
- Don’t let your children stare a dog in the eye.
- Let your children know hugs are not for dogs.
- Teach your children 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 the dog 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.
If you, or someone you know, has been the victim of a dog bite, 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.
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