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What are the Facts?
About 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Almost 1 in 5 of those who are bitten require medical attention for these injuries.
Who is Most at Risk?
Children: Kids ages 5 to 9 years old are at the highest risk for dog bite-related injuries. Children are also more likely to need medical attention for these injuries than adults.
Adult males: adult males are more likely than females to receive dog bite-related injuries.
People with dogs in their homes: Higher incidences of dog bites occur in homes with dogs. Those people with two or more dogs in the home are 5 times more likely to be bitten than those living without dogs.
How Can Dog Bites Be Prevented?
Before you bring a dog into your home, consider these options:
- Learn what breeds of dogs are the best fit for your household by consulting a professional
- Do not bring a dog with a history of aggression into the home, especially if you have young children
- If your child is scared by dogs, do not bring a dog into your household right away
- Before adopting a dog, spend time with it first to see if the animal is the right fit for your home
When you do bring a dog into your home, make sure to:
- Spay/neuter your dog, which can help with aggression
- Never leave young children alone with a dog
- Do not play aggressive games with the dog
- Train your dog and make sure to teach the dog submissive behavior
- If you experience problems with an aggressive dog, seek professional help immediately
It is important to prepare yourself before bringing a dog into your household. Follow the above steps and dog bites may be less likely to occur in your home.
If you or a member of your family have suffered injuries from a dog bite, contact us immediately.
Read the full article here: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention