There is no question that the family pet is a loving, friendly dog. The problem is that even the friendliest animals can become aggressive given the right circumstances. Much like people can lash out when they’re sick, frightened or threatened, dogs can, too.
When you think about your dog or one that belongs to a friend or colleague, you may not think a bite could ever happen. However, the risks are high, especially for young children. Toddlers and infants of up to 2 years old are at the highest risk of being bitten by a dog and make up the largest group of people treated for bite wounds each year. The problem isn’t necessarily with the pet, but instead with the inability to teach children how to interact with them safely.
It’s very important that parents start teaching their children to interact with animals at a young age. Until children can learn to do so safely, they should be monitored, corrected and separated from pets and other animals they come across for their own safety.
In the United States, around 37 percent of homes have dogs. Around 5 million people suffer from dog bites every year, which is perhaps unsurprising considering that there are around 70 million dogs in the country. There is a risk of death with any dog bite as a result of physical injury or infection.
Victims of dog bites have rights and can make the choice to pursue claims against the owners of the pets. The best thing to do, though, is to prevent these serious injuries and wrongful deaths as much as possible.