What you should know about dog bites

What you should know about dog bites

Your neighborhood is pretty quiet, lined with kids and trees and families walking their dogs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that just under 5 million people got bit by dogs in 2017, and from those incidents, over 800,000 required medical treatment. This statistic shines a light on the real threat dog bites pose.

Never underestimate the power of a canine’s bite and the damage it can cause. What causes a dog to bite, and what can you do if you fall prey?

What makes a dog act out?

While you may never know the real reason behind a dog’s bite, it may help to understand some of the most common reasons canines chomp down. These reasons include:

  • Getting startled or scared whilst unawares
  • Feeling threatened
  • Protecting puppies, their owners or themselves
  • Feeling stressed or anxious
  • During playtime by accident while nipping as part of play

If you happen by a dog who is not so great or friendly around people, you should remain calm but cautious. You should stay vigilant around breeds know to demonstrate aggression. Pit bulls get a bad rep, but the breed most likely to bite you is a Chihuahua.

What do you do if you get bit?

In the event you get bit, you should seek medical treatment. Even if the bite does not seem too bad or too deep, a dog’s mouth is teeming with bacteria that is dangerous to humans. Also, some dogs may not be up to date on their vaccinations. If the bite does not break the skin, clean the area immediately and apply ice to help reduce swelling and bruising. When in doubt, get it checked out.

Dog bites come on suddenly and can cause real injury to people of all ages and sizes. Keep calm, and know what types of behaviors may make a dog go off and become violent. Remain on the lookout for dogs when you are out, and keep a safe distance if not sure.