According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 4.5 million dog attacks and bites occur each year in the United States. Dogs are commonly referred to man’s best friend. Studies have proven to show that dogs provide many benefits to their owners including decreased stress levels and an increase in exercise.
Sometimes, man’s best friend isn’t so friendly, and unfortunately, children are most at risk. When a person is attacked by a dog, the injuries can be serious. With the following tips, you can learn how to prevent dog bites.
Basic Safety Tips
- Avoid unknown dogs at all times no matter the breed.
- Never run from a dog you don’t know.
- Don’t yell, hit or make sudden movements toward the dog.
- Always ask the owner or handler if you may pet their dog before you do so.
- Avoid direct eye contact.
- Allow a dog to sniff you before you pet it.
- Never encourage your dog to play aggressively.
- Don’t let small children play with a dog unsupervised.
- If an unfamiliar dog approaches you and you feel uncomfortable, stand still, speak in a deep, firm voice and stand with the side of your body facing the dog and slowly back away.
If You Are Attacked
- Curl into a ball with your head tucked in and your hands over your ears and neck.
- Attempt to place something (purse, bag of jacket) between yourself and the dog.
- Immediately wash wounds with soap and water.
- ALWAYS seek medical attention no matter how severe the wound.
- Contact your local animal control agency or police department to report the incident.
- If possible, contact the owner of the dog to ensure the animal has an updated shot record.
Dog bites and attacks can be every bit as mentally and emotionally traumatic as they are physically painful and damaging. Negligent dog owners can often be held responsible for any injuries sustained by the victim of a dog bite or attack. At Joe and Martin, we will defend your rights and take every available course of legal action necessary to restore your health and recover fair compensation.