Now hold on, you might be thinking. My dog is perfectly peaceful and would never harm a soul. How could you even accuse him (or her) of that possibility?
Because the truth is, in the situation, any dog has the potential to bite. With 70 million dogs currently living in households across the country, here are some startling statistics:
- The Center for Disease Control reports that dog bites were the 11th leading cause of nonfatal injury to children ages 1-4, 9th for ages 5-9 and 10th for ages 10-14 from 2003-2012.
- Each year, more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs.
- Almost 1 in 5 people bitten by dogs require medical attention.
- In 2013 alone, nationwide insurers paid out over $483 million in dog bite claims.
- According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 26,935 reconstructive procedures were performed in 2013 to repair injuries caused by dog bites.
- And…the American Humane Association states that 66% of bites on children injure the head and neck.
So what do we do about this? Well, it’s National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and one of the simplest and most effective ways of preventing a bite is to be aware of situations that might cause them or signs that a dog is upset.
Take this time to educate yourself about dog bites and what you can do to prevent them. You could purchase this informational brochure and pass it around to people (or vets) in your area. You could give your family a proper safety lesson so they know how to protect themselves. Share this infographic online to raise awareness of this cause. Or check out articles on why dogs bite in the first place–and it’s not because they’re mean or a certain breed! Too many people can stereotype based on assumptions and will approach an unknown dog without taking proper steps to keep both the human and the pup safe.
So join us as we make the world a safer and healthier place, for us and our four-legged friends.
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