Are you taking all precautions to prevent you and your family from a vicious dog attack? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 4.5 million Americans are attacked by a canine annually. One in five of those attacks requires medical attention. According to the CDC, those most at risk of a dog bite include adult males, children and families with dogs in their home. Keep the following in mind to minimize the risk:
- Always ask a dog owner’s permission before approaching any dog
- Dogs are more aggressive when around food, toys, treats or if they are sleeping
- If children are fearful of a dog, or scream or make sudden movements, it can trigger aggressive behavior in even well-behaved dogs
- Look for any warning signs that a dog may be uncomfortable—closed mouth, raised hair on back, snarled lips, etc. Always use your best judgment on the demeanor of a dog, better safe than sorry
- Avoid making direct eye contact with dogs
- Always keep infants away from ANY dogs
Even keeping these tips in mind, dog attacks are not always preventable. If you or your family are attacked, seek immediate attention and be sure to file a police report, even if the injury may not seem serious at the time.
Dudek Law Firm, APC—San Diego personal injury attorney.