Magazine article Work & Family Life

What We All Need to Know about Dog Bites

Magazine article Work & Family Life

What We All Need to Know about Dog Bites

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Dog bites send 800,000 Americans to a doctor or emergency room for medical treatment every year. According to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), older people and children face a higher-than-average risk of injury.

Without meaning to, says the AVMA, children may provoke dogs by running close by, grabbing a toy away from them or making high-- pitched noises. Older people with impaired vision or hearing may not sense a dog's agitation, which makes them more vulnerable to serious injury.

Here are some more tips from the AVMA for preventing or stopping an attack by a dog:

Don't run near a dog. Dogs love chasing things and they may get excited or aggressive around people who are running.

Don't disturb a dog who is eating, sleeping or caring for puppies. …

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