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Dog Bite Risk and Prevention

Dogs are most definitely man’s best friend! They bless the family with unconditional love in the truest of senses. While most dogs are loving, playful and relatively harmless, approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States every year, according to the Center For Disease Control (CDC). With an approximate population of 325.8 million, that means a dog bites 1 out of every 72 people.

We love dogs here at Duque Law! But we do see a lot of dog attack victims. This article is not intended to scare anyone away from any particular breed or to incite a prejudice against any certain type of dog. Instead, look at the information as a guide that could possibly save you from a painful and potentially life altering dog bite in the future.

WHY DO DOGS BITE?

While there are certainly some dogs that will be aggressive and bite regardless of the situation, even the cutest, most cuddly and sweetest pet can bite if provoked. Regardless of size, gender and breed, a dog is an animal first and foremost and typically bite as a reaction to something. Dogs can bite because they are scared, have been startled, feel threatened or to protect something that is valuable to them, like their babies, food or a favorite toy.

Dogs may also bite because they are not feeling well. An injury or illness can be confusing to an animal and they only want to be left alone.

Dogs also might nip and bite during play. Even a playful nip can be dangerous, especially for small children. Extreme caution should be exercised while wrestling or playing tug-of-war with your dog as these activities can overly excite your dog and can lead to a nip or a bite.

Keep these triggers in mind anytime you are around a dog, especially one you are not familiar with. Your awareness of their mental state will help you recognize a potential bite situation more quickly. Educating yourself and your children on how, or if, they should approach a dog is also crucial to preventing dog bites. Information is one of the best ways to prevent dog bites.

DOG BITE STATISTICS

BREEDS THAT BITE THE MOST:

WHICH BREEDS HAVE THE STRONGEST BITE?

While some breeds bite more often than others, some bites result in more serious consequences. Below are the top 12 dogs with the strongest bite in terms of PSI (pound per square inch or pound-force per square inch).

HOW TO PREVENT GETTING BITTEN

DO:
DON’T:

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE BITTEN OR ATTACKED BY A DOG

Protect Yourself
Wash Wounds with Soap and Water

When you get to a safe place, immediately wash wounds with soap and water. Seek medical attention, especially:

For minor wounds:

For deep wounds:

Report the Bite

 

We certainly recognize that there are many well behaved and sweet dogs of every breed, especially when paired with responsible owners. Likewise, there are aggressive dogs that did not make the lists above. A serious dog bite most likely result in costly medical bills, lost wages, and costs that are more difficult to measure like pain and suffering. Some victims may need facial reconstruction surgery or other plastic surgery as a result of their injuries.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite or dog attack, call us at 1-877-241-9554 to learn more about your legal options. A free consultation is just a phone call away.

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