Dog Bite Injury
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Dog Bite Injury

Cats have sharp, needle shaped teeth and typically create deep wounds that can look quite insignificant on the surface. A dog bite injury tends to be very different, since dogs have larger teeth of another type, and their jaw muscles exerts a very high pressure when the dog bites someone. Is therefore common for a dog bite injury to include broken or crushed bones, as well as damaged muscles, ligaments, nerves and blood vessels. Tissue loss and avulsion is not uncommon and lacerations, abrasions and deep cuts are frequently seen after dog attacks.

A dog bite injury can lead to a series of problems, in the acute phase as well as many years after the attack. In many cases, the victim will need cosmetic surgery after a dog bite injury. This is especially common when the dog bite injury is situated in the face. Since children are shorter than adults, they stand a higher risk of sustaining a dog bite injury to the face. Young people are also more prone to severe scaring; ironically enough this is caused by a young body’s remarkable capacity of healing after a wound. In young dog bite victims, the dog bite injury heal “to well” and frequently produce a large and protruding scare.  

Over 40,000 persons sustain dog bite injury to the face each year in the United States alone. When children are bitten, the face is injured in nearly 80 percent of the cases. This is especially sad since children stand a higher risk of being bitten in the first place; 60 percent of the dog bite victims are children. Roughly 70 percent of all dog bite injuries occur on the dog owner’s property and are not caused by stray or unknown dogs.

One way of preventing dog bite injury is to talk to your children about dogs and teach them how to interact with dogs in a safe manner. Never leave young children alone with dogs, not even for a minute. Even a dog that has never showed any aggressive tendencies before can bite a child, because children frequently act in a way that is perceived threatening for dogs. Teach you kids to follow the 10 rules.

10 things you can teach your children to prevent dog bite injury

  • Do not approach strange dogs. Even dogs that are tied up, e.g. outside a store, can bite you if you come near. Tied up dogs and dogs in dog cranes can be more prone to bite than other dogs, because they have no ability to flee when they feel threatened.
  • Do not sneak up on dogs. Make sure that the dog sees or hear you before you come near. Call out the dogs name and gain its attention before you approach.
  • Do not pet a dog before it gets a chance to sniff your hand.
  • Do not tease a dog.
  • Do not disturb a dog while it’s sleeping.
  • Do not disturb a dog while it’s eating.
  • Do not disturb a dog while it’s nursing puppies.
  • Do not climb on dogs, lift them or do anything that may hurt them.
  • Do not scream at the dog.
  • Do not ignore warning signals. If a dog growls or shows its teeth, tell an adult.

Dog Bite Articles

Child Dog Bite - An article about what to do if your child get bitten by a dog.
Dog Bite Infection - An article about infections in dog bites.
Dog Bite Law - An article about the legal aspects of dog bites.
Dog Bite Lawyer - An article about dog bite lawyers and how to find one.
Insect Bite on Dog - An article about insect bites on dogs and how to treat them.
Snake Bites in Dogs - An article about snake bites in dogs and how to treat them.
Why Dogs Bite - An article about why some dogs bite.