This is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and following some simple tips can help your family members from becoming one of the nearly five million people bitten by dogs each year. Of those bitten, over half the victims are under the age of fourteen.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, the U.S. Postal Service, and the American Veterinary Medical Association have joined to educate families on dog safety, and provide essential information to keep your family safe.
- Train your dog â€“ Obedience training creates trust between dogs and people
- Select a suitable breed â€“ When purchasing or adopting a dog, select a breed that is known for being good with children such as labradors and collies
- Socialize your dog â€“ Slowly introduce your dog to a variety of other people and animals
- Be vigilant â€“ Never leave a small child or infant alone with a dog
- Basic first aid â€“ If a family member is bitten, clean small wounds with soap and water. Larger wounds require professional medical care
If you or your loved one has been bit by a dog or attacked by an animal, contact a Lakeland dog bite attorney at Burnetti, P.A. To discuss your potential animal injury claim, fill out the free case evaluation form or call 1-888-BURNETTI.