May 20-26, 2012, is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and we want to bring to light important issues surrounding dog bites and how to prevent a dog bite from occurring. To start, here's some statistics from the American Veterinary Medical Foundation that might surprise you:
- 4.7 million people in this country are bitten by dogs every year
- children are by far the most common victims
- 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites each year
- children are far more likely to be severely injured; approximately 400,000 receive medical attention every year
- most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs
- senior citizens are the second most common dog bite victims
However, there are a number of things you can do to prevent dog bites, including proper training, socialization with strangers, and educating others how they should approach a dog. Pets should always be carefull selected, and not obtained on an impulse. Always make dogs feel at ease, not threatened or defensive. Also, healthy dogs are happy dogs, and proper care with a vet will ensure your dog is at his best. Always be cautious around stray dogs, and never approach a dog too quickly. For more information on dog bite prevention click here, and for information on Nevada dog bite law visit our blog post here.