How to Prevent Fatal Dog Attacks

How to Prevent Fatal Dog Attacks

On average, most people would agree that they like dogs in some way. Several would say that their dog really is a best friend, and can’t imagine life without one in their home. Others would say that they appreciate their athletic abilities and enjoying playing around with their dogs. Unfortunately, there are men and woman that hate dogs; often times as a result of being attacked by one in their past. Dogs can truly be a man’s best friend, to have fun and be a comfort for safety in the home; until they attack. Studies show that in the United States alone there have been 4.5 million dog biting incidents every year. Most of these statistics are considered to be very minor injuries, though the reports do say that at least 20% of those reported bites result in hospital visits, leaving thousands of people to undergo reconstructive surgeries of some type in order to repair the damages done by a dog.

How to Prevent a Potential Dog Attack

Here are a few ways that you can prevent a dog bite, according to the CDC:

  • Never approach a dog you don’t know, even if they look like a sweet animal. You never know when they will bite or attack. A common misconception is that if a dog shows aggression or attacks that running away and screaming will help. While it may be a way to express your fear, it is only going to prompt the dog to attack again or get more defensive. As a parent, if you see stray dogs in your neighborhood, report them immediately. This will not only protect yourself and your children from a possible attack, but it may help a family who is looking for their lost pet.
  • Wait for the dog to see and smell you first, and don’t sneak up on it. When you are approaching an animal, try to avoid direct eye contact, especially for a long period of time if you don’t know the dog. Many animals feel threatened by prolonged eye contact, and can view it as a challenge. Most importantly, teach your children that if they are bitten to tell an adult immediately. Take time to warn and prepare your children about the ways to stay safe around animals. While it may seem obvious, it is important for their safety to be aware of the possible risks at hand.

Out of this percentage of people a small handful of them result in deaths because the doctors aren’t able to help their severe injuries. It is said that while most people fear the stray dogs that roam around the streets, those aren’t usually the ones involved in the majority of the incidents, it is the family dogs that people know and trust that are often times the ones attacking. Here are a few tips given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in order to protect yourself and your family. Before welcoming a new dog into your home, consult your local veterinarian or a responsible breeder to determine what the best types of dogs to have inside a home, particularly when children are involved. Look into the history of the dog breed you plan on purchasing, if there are signs or reports of aggression, those dogs are not suggested to become house pets.

Spend time with the specific dog before purchasing it and bringing it home, it is important to see how you and your family respond to the animal and how the animal likewise responds to you. Another important note is to observe how your children are feeling when around the child; do you notice a sense of fear from them about the animal? Perhaps wait some time before allowing it into the house. One of the crucial aspects when adopting a dog into the family is to make sure that it has receive all of its shots, in the event of a bite it will protect your family from diseases. Also having your dog spayed or neutered will help decrease aggressiveness in the dog as well. Train your dog well to obey and respond to its masters. Lastly, seek medical or professional advice if you noticed behavioral changes in your animal such as a growing aggression, etc. Take not of these tips, and keep your family safe! Having a dog can be a wonderful addition to the family, but not at the expense of your safety.


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