How You Can Keep Your Family Safe From Dog Bites

Half of the dog bites that get reported in the United States come from dogs that the victim knows through a loved one. Over 4 million people are bitten by dogs each year, with the most common victim being children. As a dog owner, you must do things to ensure that you and everyone in your presence is safe around your companion.

Dogs are born with a set of natural animalistic instincts, and they will use them whenever they feel it is appropriate. In some cases, even the owner of the dog can find themselves being the victim of an attack. Any breed of dog will attack if it has been provoked or feels threatened, no matter the size nor gender. If bitten, the wound could become infected and bring with it even more problems. Sufferers should irrigate their wound and seek medical and legal attention if necessary.

Another option for curbing a dog’s aggression is spaying or neutering, however easier and less invasive practices are recommended before deciding on said option. These practices include regular exercise, diet, and obedience training among others. Another practice is to have the dog be social from a young age. This way, your dog will be more comfortable around people and other dogs.

To learn more on how to prevent dog bites, please see the accompanying guide provided by Van Sant Law.

Infographic courtesy of Van Sant Law, a firm specializing in Atlanta personal injury lawyers

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