Surgeons warn about dog bites

Surgeons warn about dog bites

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nearly 4.7 million people suffer dog bites every year.  In order to warn the public about the unknown, yet common hazards, the organization created an outreach program called “Beware the Bite” to educate people about dog bites and about dog bite prevention.  

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States seeks medical care because of a dog bite, and nearly 20 people a year will die from a dog bite.  The majority of dog bites, a high 70 percent, occur when the dog is on the owner’s property.  Though any dog can bite, reports of dog bites are most often made among pit bulls, rottweilers, German shepherds, huskies, Doberman pinschers, chow chows, great Danes, St. Bernards and akitas.  

About half of all children will be bitten by a dog before the twelfth grade, but there are ways to avoid dog bites and to be a safety-conscious owner.  Infants and children should never be left alone with any dog.  Becoming educated about dog bites will help reduce the high number incidents involving both children and adults.  Of the nearly 4.7 million dog bites every year, 60 percent happen to children.  

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