Spring is on its way! This means warmer weather and people spend more time outside going on walks, heading to parks and riding bikes. Everyone seems to be out and about, often bringing their kids and dogs with them. One drawback of this situation is the number of dog bites that occur each year, especially around springtime.
According to the Centers for Disease and Control, “Approximately 4.7 million dog bites occur in the United States each year, and 800,000 of those bites result in medical care.”
We have compiled some information about what to do after being bitten by a dog and prevention methods for the future.
Ask Permission – It can be easy to see and dog and immediately want to run up and pet it. Prior to interacting with any dog, ask permission from the owner for the safety of everyone.
Do Not Disturb – If a dog is in the middle of another activity, refrain from interacting with the dog. Some dogs do not like to be disturbed while they are eating, drinking or sleeping.
Keep Moving – Often, dogs are tied up and left unattended while their owner is in a shop or restaurant. It is best to not interact with them, no matter how kind the dog seems.
Although every situation is not 100% preventable, following these methods will decrease your likelihood of getting bit by man’s best friend.
Two Truths and a Lie:
✘ Pitbulls and German Shepherds are the only dogs that are involved in dog bite accidents. This is a myth.
✔ All dogs are capable of biting, even well-trained dogs.
✔ Dog bites can be dangerous, seek medical assistance after an incident.
We hope these questions and answers gave you a better idea of what you should do after being bitten by a dog. As you spend more time outside in the spring, keep these preventative methods in mind in order to be able to fully enjoy the season.
Contact us today if you have more questions about a dog bite situation!
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