Believe it or not, more than 4 million dog bites happen each year in the
United States alone. While some of these injuries may not be deep wounds,
almost 1 out of 5 bites becomes infected, which can be a huge issue. Thousands
of families across the country keep dogs as companions, but not all people
are good pet owners, and even those that are don’t understand the
warning signs pets in distress may give. Here are 3 tips to best prevent
dog bites in and outside the home.
Tip #1: Don’t Approach or Touch an Unfamiliar Dog
While dogs may be adorable and may appear clean and well-fed, looks can
be deceiving. Even seemingly well-behaved pets can give a warning nip
if a stranger gets too close to the dog or his family members. Likewise,
stray dogs that may have been abused in the past might bite out of fear
if you get too close.
Tip #2: Recognize Warning Signs
Unless a dog is particularly sick, he or she will warn you if you are getting
too close or they are unhappy with your presence. Growling and raised
hackles are one sign you should keep your distance. Scared animals are
also likely to lash out, so slight or significant cowering could be a
signal that the dog is severely fearful. When a dog licks its lips even
though there is no food nearby or he or she is panting when it is not
hot outside, these are signs of anxiety. Be wary of these signals, particularly
with unfamiliar dogs.
Tip #3: Don’t Run or Scream If a Dog Seems Aggressive
Many children tend to be targets of dog attacks because they move and scream
a lot when a dog nips. Many dogs have a latent desire to chase and catch,
which is why running away from an attacking dog may only fuel its willingness
to bite. Stay still, be calm, and don’t make any loud noises. Instead,
stand with the side of your body facing the dog, avoid direct eye contact,
and slowly raise your hands to your neck, with your elbows in.
If you have been injured by the dog of a negligent owner, talk to one of
Atlanta dog bite attorneys as soon as possible. The responsible party should have to pay for your
medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
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