Bite Prevention – Preventable Public Health Problem!
Each year, dogs bite 4.5 million people in this country with children as the most common victims.
What’s the problem?
Dogs are animals and by nature unpredictable, which means you don’t always know what they are going to do or how they will react – even your own dog. Any animal with a mouth and teeth can, and under the right circumstances, bite.
- Every year, more than 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites; at least half of them are children.
- Children are, by far, the most common victims of dog bites and are far more likely to be severely injured.
- Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs.
- Among children, dog bite related injuries are highest for those ages 5-9 yrs. And children are more likely to receive medical attention for dog bites than adults.
- The face of children under 10 is the most frequent target of a dog bite (77% of all injuries).
What’s the solution?
There are three basic ways to reduce/eliminate this public health problem:
Awareness and Education
Responsible Pet Ownership
Contact your local Central Bark for more information regarding our Bite Prevention program