It is estimated that 70 million dogs live in households throughout the U.S.
Fact: Between 4.5-5 MILLION people are bitten EACH YEAR in the U.S.. The majority of these bites are children
Fact: Each year more than 800,000 people bitten require medical attention. At least 1/2 of them are children.
Fact: The majority of bites to young children are by familiar dogs, and occur during everyday activities.
Fact: The second most common dog bite victims are senior citizens
Fact: The majority of these bites, if not all, are preventable.
- The easiest way to prevent a dog bite is to educate yourself and your children about the body language of dogs, and what interaction is appropriate.
National Dog Bite Prevention Week takes place during the third full week of May each year, and focuses on educating people about preventing dog bites.
70 million nice dogs…but any dog can bite
Take this opportunity to learn more about dog bite prevention and help educate others so we can all work together to prevent dog bites.