A child and a dog may seem like the perfect pair, but parents should always remember how dangerous an untrained dog can be. Children are naturally attracted to dogs and may not know how to keep themselves safe when a dog turns aggressive.
May 19-25 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. Children are the most common victims of dog bites nationwide, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and among children, young children – ages 0-4 years – are the most likely to be injured by a dog bite.
You can help protect children you care for this summer by teaching them how to behave around dogs they meet. By teaching children “good dog manners,” you can help them reduce the risk of suffering a dog bite injury.
Prevent dog bites by following these rules:
- Never leave a baby or small child alone with a dog. Supervise both the child and the dog, and separate them if the dog starts showing signs of anxiety, stress, or aggression.
Dogs are famous for being man’s best friend, but a dog bite can cause serious injuries and permanent physical and emotional damage.
According to the New York Department of Health, a dog of any age, breed, or temperament may bite in certain situations. Most dog bites take place at home or other familiar locations, and most victims are children younger than 15 years old.
Here are some ways you can help prevent dog bite injuries, whether you are the parent of a child, the owner of a dog, or both:
Dog bites can happen to a person of any age, but they are more common among children. According to the New York Department of Health, about 6,600 children younger than the age 20 suffer dog bites in New York each year, with about 200 of these bitten badly enough to need hospitalization.
While dog bites rarely cause death, the severe pain, bone and tissue damage, and scarring that can result can be severe.
Here are some tips to avoid child injuries due to dog bites at any time of the year.