Week aims to take a bite out of bites
They are the most frequent victims of the estimated 4.7 million dog bites that occur a year — about 386,000 of which require a trip to the emergency room, and 16 of which prove fatal.
If you haven’t already figured it out, it’s National Dog Bite Prevention Week — time to roll out the sobering statistics, and make the point that, with nothing more than education and common sense, those numbers could be reduced dramatically.
Perhaps the most effective way to do so is by educating children — or educating parents to educate their children — on how to behave around dogs.
“Approximately half of the 800,000 Americans who receive medical attention for dog bites each year are children. And when a dog bites a child, the victim’s small size makes the bite more likely to result in a severe injury,” says Dr. James O. Cook, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Statistically, children ages 5 to 9 years old are at the highest risk of being bitten followed by adult males.
While many people are under the impression that certain breeds are more likely to bite, the American Veterinary Medical Association says there’s little scientific evidence to support that claim.
Here are some tips on preventing dog bites, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Posted by John Woestendiek May 18th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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