Last year, about 4.7 million Americans experienced a dog bite. Most of the victims were young children, the elderly, and postal workers. Children are 900 times more likely to be bitten than adults. Dog attacks are the most frequently reported childhood public health problem in the United States and account for five percent of emergency room visits.
Every year, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA), the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the U.S. Postal Service sponsor National Dog Bite Prevention Week. National Dog Bite Prevention Week is meant as a public service to educate the public about dog bite prevention.
This year’s theme is “Be a tree.” If a strange dog approaches, children should stand still like a tree. According to the AMVA, the dog will eventually get bored and leave.
Here are four more tips to help protect you and your children from Iowa dog bites:
- Let a dog see you and sniff you before you pet it.
- Never run past a dog. A dog’s natural instinct is to chase and attack its prey.
- If you feel threatened by a dog, stay still and quiet. Avoid eye contact, as a dog will see that as threatening. When the dog moves away, begin slowly backing up until the dog is out of sight. Never scream.
- If you think a dog is going to attack you, try to put something between you and the dog. If possible move behind a car or another large object, but even a bike, purse ,or backpack can help.
The Cedar Rapids dog bite attorneys at Hupy and Abraham are committed to preventing dog bites and helping Iowa dog bite victims get the justice they deserve. If you or someone you love was injured by a dog in Iowa, please contact us at 800-800-5678 to schedule a free case review.