They may be our best friends, but dogs are still animals and they can bite. In fact, dogs bite about 4.7 million Americans every year, half of them children between ages 5 and 9. One out of every five of those bites causes an injury that requires medical attention, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Children are also more likely than adults to be injured by a dog bite.
Although strays or other strange dogs can bite, most of the time people are actually bitten by a dog they know, which could be a friend’s dog or even the family pet.
To prevent dog bites :
– When choosing a dog for a family pet, pick one with a good temperament.
– Stay away from any dogs you don’t know.
– Never leave young children alone with a dog — especially an unfamiliar one.
– Don’t try to play with any dog that is eating or feeding her puppies.
– Whenever you approach a dog, do so slowly, and give the dog the chance to approach you.
– If a dog becomes aggressive, do not run away or scream. Stay calm, move slowly, and don’t make eye contact with the dog.
If a Dog Bites You, Do These 7 Things Now
1. Press on the wound gently to cause some bleeding to help flush out as much bacteria as possible.
2. Wash the wound with mild soap and water.
3. Slow the bleeding with a clean cloth.
4. Apply over-the counter antibiotic cream if you have it.
5. Wrap the wound in a sterile bandage. Keep the wound bandaged and see your doctor.
6. Change the bandage several times a day once your doctor has examined the wound.
7. Watch for signs of infection, including redness, swelling, increased pain and fever.
Bacteria from bites raises infection risk
Roughly 50 percent of dog bites introduce bacteria, including staphylococcus, streptococcus and pasteurella, as well as capnocytophaga.
Unvaccinated and feral dogs can also potentially carry — and transfer — rabies, so your doctor will want to know details about the dog that bit you.
Dogs that bite the most :
– Pit Bull
– German Shepherd
– Australian Shepherd
– Lhasa Apso
– Jack Russell Terrier
– Cocker Spaniel
– Bull Terrier