The second week in April is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and every year the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) concentrates on preventing dogs bites across the country through innovative educational campaigns. With over 4.5 million people suffering from dog bites each year in the U.S., the campaign certainly takes on some important safety issues.
This year’s focus is to include the importance of socializing your dog, recognizing warning signs, and protecting children from the dangers of dog attacks. The goal is to prevent injuries that can result from dog bites and lead to Providence dog bite lawsuits.
How Common are Dog Bites?
Dog attacks are increasingly common in the U.S. with over 4.5 million incidents each year. Over 800,000 people require medical attention after being bit by a dog, and about half of these are patients are children. Young children are by far the most common dog bite victims, and are more likely to be severely injured by such attacks. Almost half of these incidents involve a family dog or dog owned by a neighbor. A large portion of dog bites can also be attributed to dogs that are not properly housed, not on a leash, and not properly trained or socialized.
Dog bites can take place anywhere, and at any time. There have been several cases of dogs biting their owners in their own houses, dogs biting pedestrians walking by their house, at the vet, in a kennel, and even at parks and during walks. It is recommended that if an unfamiliar dog is around you, that you take extreme caution to reduce your chances of being bitten by the dog.
What are the Best Ways to Prevent Dog Bites?
Education in the community is a key ingredient in preventing dog bites, and there are many simple strategies we can all employ in our everyday lives that make can make a big difference. One of the most effective measures that pet owners can take is pet socialization and training.
Regular, structured outings and interactions with other dogs and people helps a dog to become comfortable in social situations and less prone to attack. Another important step is to educate children and family members about dog safety. This includes teaching children not to approach unknown dogs and how to spot warning signs that a dog may be dangerous. Also, it is recommended by the AVMA that all members of the community become involved in the promotion of safety procedures.
Contact an Experienced Dog Bite Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite in Rhode Island, contact one of our experienced Providence dog bite lawyers located at 390 Broadway, Providence, RI 02909. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. No fees are received unless you win your case. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us at 1-401-365-6001 or toll free at 1-800-992-6878. You may also fill out our contact form online.