If one thing is true in America, it’s that not a day will go by where you don’t see a dog. Dogs are everywhere. In fact, there are over 78.5 million of them in homes all around the country.
Most dogs are friendly pets, but that doesn’t mean that all of them are or that there isn’t a risk of bite injuries. Some dogs may become aggressive and bite because of illness, injury, frustration or poor training and bite inhibition.
Sadly, there are around 4.7 million dog bites that happen annually (and are reported) in the country. Of those, around 800,000 result in people heading to emergency rooms or their medical providers for treatment.
What do parents need to know about dog bites?
It’s important for parents to know that dogs do have a potential to bite and may bite small children if they scare, threaten or startle a dog. Dogs may also nip or bite while attempting to play, even though they end up causing harm.
Some dogs bite to protect their puppies or after giving warnings that they’d like to be left alone. Dogs who are unwell due to injuries or illnesses may also nip or bite.
Here are some statistics that may help you understand the risks while enjoying time with your children and any dogs that are present.
- 81% of all dog bites result in minor injuries
- The total number of dog bites involving children have been decreasing, as of 2018
- 25% of all attacks involve dogs that are chained
- Not all dogs have the same temperament. Pitbulls, some of the most feared dogs, actually have an 86.7% temperament passing rate and one of the smallest bite forces
Despite the fact that bites among children are becoming less common, nearly half of all people bitten by dogs are kids. Usually, they’re between the ages of five and nine. As a parent, that means that you should keep a close eye on interactions between your children and dogs, even if you know the animal and its owners. If your child does suffer a bite, seek medical attention. Homeowner’s insurance policies usually cover medical costs associated with injuries, so you can make a claim for any hospital stays needed.