Updated Article – Original Publish Date: 9/15/14
Each day, over 1,000 people in the United States require emergency treatment for dog bites, with a total of 4.5 million Americans bitten by dogs each year. 58% of these attacks happened to adults and 42% happened to children under the age of 11. Through advocacy and dog bite awareness, these numbers can be reduced.
Additional statistics from DogBites.org:
Always remember that any dog, even a friendly family dog, can attack at any given moment. There is no way to 100% prevent dogs from biting and or attacking, but there are steps that can be taken to help prevent startling or upsetting a dog.
Follow these steps when around dogs:If you are considering bringing a new dog into your household it is a good idea to follow a few tips by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) before making the decision:
Once you decide to move forward with bringing a dog into your household it is a good idea to spay/neuter him or her to reduce aggression.
If you currently own a dog that is of concern you can read an article with tips on how to correct dog aggression. Many of the statistics within this article take place from the family dog so paying close attention to your dogs behavior can forewarn you of potential risks.
Newborn babies and young children have a much higher risk so keeping them safe from the family dog should be a priority at all times. It is important to know that in the event of a dog bite, you should immediately seek medical attention. Over 27,000 reconstructive surgeries were performed in 2012 due to dog bites.