Did you know that more than 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs annually? That is a staggering figure. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that every year 800,000 Americans seek medical attention for dog bites and half of these victims are children. Of those injured by dog bite, just about 50% require treatment in an emergency department and about a dozen die. Children ages 5 to 9 are at the highest risk for dog bite-related injuries and almost two thirds of injuries among children ages four years and younger are to the head or neck region. With statistics this high, knowing how to prevent dog bites is invaluable to you and your family. So, that’s why the third full week of May has been designated National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the United States Postal Service, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are each working to educate Americans about dog bite prevention.
Take the time to check out the CDC’s website to educate yourself and your family about dog bite prevention.