Dog Bite Prevention

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Are dog bites a serious problem?

4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, and one in five dog bites results in injuries that require medical attention, meaning that almost one in five of those who are bitten, a total of 885,000 require medical treatment.

Who is most at risk?

Among children, the rate of dog bite–related injuries is highest for those ages of 5 to 9 years, and children are more likely than adults to receive medical attention for dog bites than adults. Also, among children and adults, having a dog in the household is associated with a higher incidence of dog bites. Adults with two or more dogs in the household are five times more likely to be bitten than those living without dogs at home.

How can dog bites be prevented?

Dog bites are a largely preventable public health problem, and adults and children can learn to reduce their chances of being bitten.

Before you bring a dog into your household:
Consult with a professional to learn what breeds of dogs is the best fit for your household (Avoid dogs with histories of aggression, they are not suitable for households with children). Also cue into your children’s responses of a certain dog, are the apprehensive or fearful? And finally, spend time with a dog before buying or adopting it. Use caution when bringing a dog into a household with an infant or toddler.

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