Kids aged 5-9 most likely to be bit by dog

More than 2.4 million children under the age of 14 will be bitten by a dog each year, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

This is National Bite Prevention Week (May 20-26, 2012) and the American Veterinary Medical Association, the CDCP, and the US Postal Service release statistics that are quite sobering when it comes to children, the largest group of people bit by dogs each year.

The ASPCA predicts that half of all kids in the United States will be bitten by a dog before 12.

Dogs need to be socialized to be around other dogs and people. You can dog this by gradually introducing your dog to different situations and continue this throughout his life. If your dog is fearful or unpredictable in different situations, seek the advice of a professional trainer affiliated with an organization like the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP).

Most bites happen with your own dog or a dog you already know.

You think it won’t happen to your kids? Everyone’s at risk. Never leave a baby or small child alone with any dog. Please take the time to teach your children these basic rules:

  • Always ask the dog’s owner for permission to pet their dog before petting him. When you do pet a dog, let the dog sniff your hand first. Keep your face away from his face and pet under his chin or on their shoulders.
  • Never stare into a dog’s eyes. Kids think it’s fun to have a staring contest, but doing this with a dog could trigger him to bite!
  • Don’t bother a dog that is eating or sleeping. Have a grown up help you ask for a toy that a dog is holding in it’s mouth.
  • If a dog threatens you, remain calm, avoid eye contact and either stand still until the dog leaves or back away slowly. If an aggressive dog knocks you down, curl into a ball and protect your face with your hands.
  • If you do get bit by a dog, contact the dog’s veterinarian to check vaccination records.

Together we can change these statistics!

Please share this information with anyone that has kids or who owns a dog. We can make a difference in kid’s lives by sharing this information. Thank you for your assistance in spreading this important message.

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