Being a Responsible Dog Owner
Up to 800,000 individuals in the United States are bitten or attacked by dogs every year and most of the victims are boys, aged five to nine. Children below four years old and adults 60 years old and above, however, are the most vulnerable to dog attack, many suffering from trauma, while some others just do not have the strength to recover from bites usually located at the neck or head.
Dogs are known to be loving pets – playful, totally loyal to their owners, an great companions in the house. This is why millions of Americans have one or about a dozen dogs, either of the same or different breeds.
Not all breeds of dog, according to dog experts, however, are recommended for families with children and babies. The top two most dangerous breeds of dogs identified by experts are pit bull terriers and rottweilers. Pit bulls alone (and their mixes), were blamed for 250 fatal attacks on senior citizens and children from 2005 to 2012.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues in its drive to inform and educate people, especially dog owners, about dogs and how to properly take care of these. It has even required dog owners to make sure that their yard, where they usually allow their dogs to freely move about, is escape-free and that the animal is put on a leash whenever owners take it for a walk.
When a dog bites or attacks, injuries can sometimes be severe, causing the bitten or injured victim to miss work and undergo treatment. Injuries can include lacerations, nerve damage, broken bones, infection, paralysis or disfigurement, which sometimes requires reconstructive surgery; besides the trauma and excessive fear the victim may also suffer from.
Dog owners are, thus, required to make sure that their dogs do not attack anyone, no matter how domesticated these may be, for there is no telling what may provoke a dog to bite or attack. Making sure that everyone is safe from your dog is also making sure that you, as owner, are kept from any lawsuit – a result of your dog attacking anyone, especially strangers.