50% of dog bites in America come from pets that the sufferer is familiar with, such as one owned by a friend or family member. 4.5 million dog bites are reported each year, with young children suffering the most. If you own a dog, there are things you must do to ensure that you and everyone around you is safe in the presence of your furry friend.
Dogs have their own set of instincts, and they will revert to them if they deem it necessary. In certain cases, even the owner can find themselves being bitten. Any breed of dog will attack if it has been provoked or feels threatened; gender or size do not matter. If bitten, the wound runs the risk of potentially becoming infected. Sufferers should irrigate their wound and seek medical attention – legal counsel as well, if necessary.
Spaying or neutering can mitigate a dog’s aggression, but easier and less invasive practices should be tried first, such as regimented exercise, diet, and obedience schooling. It is also recommended to have the dog socialize as soon as possible. This way, your dog will feel more comfortable around other people and animals.
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