Though a dog bite may not be the first thing one thinks about in regards to suffering a personal injury, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year, showing that it is a serious problem.
Of all dog attack victims, approximately one in five requires medical treatment for dog bite-related injuries.
The age group with the highest risk for suffering from dog bite-related injuries is children ages five to nine years old, so families with canines or who simply go out for a neighborhood stroll, safety is of the utmost importance to prevent a dangerous attack.
With this in mind, the following are some safety tips courtesy of the CDC to help prevent dog bites in the Bluegrass State.
For Future Dog Owners
- Talk to a professional, such as a veterinarian, to learn what breeds may be a good fit for you and your home.
- Spend time with a dog before buying or adopting it to make sure the animal’s personality is a match for you. Also, dogs with any history of aggression are not suitable for homes with young children.
- If you have already brought your new pup home, do not play any aggressive games with your dog (like wrestling), and have it spayed or neutered. Properly socialize and train your dog, and seek professional advice if the dog starts displaying aggressive behaviors.
For Families with Children
- Advise young children to never approach an unfamiliar dog and to not play with a dog unless supervised by an adult.
- Teach kids to let a dog see and sniff them before petting. Also, disturbing a dog that is sleeping, caring for puppies, or eating could be dangerous and make the dog defensive.
- When an unfamiliar dog approaches, explain to your child that they need to remain motionless and not scream or run away. If knocked over, they should roll into a ball and stay still.
- If the child is bitten, they should report it immediately to an adult.
Dog bites can result in serious injuries, so it is important to properly train and socialize your dog. However, another canine owner may not be as cautious, which can lead to a dangerous attack on an unsuspecting person. An experienced Louisville dog bite lawyer can help any Kentucky resident who has been injured due to the negligence of another obtain full compensation for his or her injuries. Tad Thomas is a personal injury attorney who has years of experience protecting the rights of personal injury victims.