Dogs are known to be man’s best friend. They are often our closest companion besides our family and friends and are known to increase our exercise levels, as well as decrease stress. However, dogs also have a propensity to bite, resulting in severe pain, serious injury, or nerve damage.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4.5 million dog bites occur annually in the United States. Men are more likely than women to be bitten by a dog. In regards to children, those ages five to nine years old suffer the highest rate of dog bite-related injuries.
Did you know that over half of dog bite-related injuries occur at home with dogs that are familiar to us? Having a dog in the home correlates with an increased likelihood of being bitten than not having a dog.
HOW TO PREVENT DOG BITES
At McMahon Law Firm, LLC, we understand the dangers of dog attacks. To avoid being bitten by a dog, our North Georgia personal injury attorney provides you with basic safety tips that you can use anytime you encounter man’s best friend.
The following are things you should DO when an aggressive dog is in your presence:
- When approached by an unfamiliar dog, remain motionless.
- If a dog knock you down, curl into a ball with your head tucked and your hands over your neck and ears.
- Inform an adult about stray dogs or dogs that are acting strangely.
The following are things you DON’T do when an aggressive dog is in your presence:
- Approach an unfamiliar dog.
- Run away from the dog.
- Make loud noises or panic.
- Pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you initially.
- Let small children play with a dog unsupervised.
- Disturb a dog while it is sleeping, eating, or tending to its puppies.