Animal Attacks

Dog Bite Overview

The Center for Disease Control reports that 4.7 million individuals annually are injured from dog bites and children ages 5 to 9 are the most frequent victims. This serious problem can be compounded by the fact that very few people, especially dog owners, realize the extent that potential injury and death from out favorite pet and man’s best friend, the dog. Parents should teach children basic safety around dogs and review the following ideas regularly.

• Never approach an unfamiliar dog.

• Never play with a dog unless supervised by an adult.

• Immediately report stray dogs or dogs displaying unusual behavior to an adult.

• Never run from a dog and scream.

• Avoid direct eye contact with a dog.

• Don’t disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.

• Don’t pet a dog without letting it see and sniff you first.

• Remain motionless when approached by an unfamiliar dog.

• If knocked over by a dog, lie still and remain in a ball.

If bitten, report the bite to an adult immediately.


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