Dog Bite Injuries are often preventable. Over 31,000 reconstructive surgeries were performed as a result of a serious dog bite injury in one year. Children are more likely to need medical attention after a dog bite. We hate to see people injured in an accident but we believe it is especially difficult when that injury happens to a child. Pets often play a special role in a child’s life. Even if you do not have a pet in your home children will no doubt encounter dogs around the neighborhood or in the homes of friends and family. Educating your children on safety tips and other precautions may help prevent dog bite injuries. Most owners have a prejudice idea that their dog would never bite.
Before you adopt a family pet:
- Consult with a veterinarian or responsible breeder to learn what breeds are best for your family
- Consider adopting from a shelter. Some mixed breeds are very gentle and good natured.
- Prepare for the arrival of your pet by reading books related to training and the breed or breeds you are considering.
- Educate your children about responsible behavior around their new pet
- Spend time with the dog as a family before you bring the dog into the household
- Be sensitive to any signs of the dog’s aggression especially with younger children
- Find out as much of the dog’s history as possible
Dog Safety Tips for Children:
- Do Not Approach an unfamiliar dog
- Never put your face close to a dog’s head or mouth
- Don’t play rough or aggressive games with a dog
- Never try to play with a dog while the dog is eating or caring for puppies
- Talk to your parents if a dog growls, acts mean or frightens you
- Talk to your parents if any of your friends act rough, mean or abusive around a dog
- If bitten immediately report the bite to an adult
Dog Safety Tips for Parents:
- Never leave infants or young children alone with a dog
- Talk with Friends and family about their pets and make sure they are willing to respect your concerns before you bring or leave your child in their home.
- Be cautious around unfamiliar animals
- Remember most owners have the biased attitude that their dog would never bite anyone.
- Don’t play rough or aggressive games with your dog. This encourages aggression with your children and others.
- Be cautious when others visit. Consider placing your dog in another room or outside away from guests.
If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite injury don’t hesitate to schedule a Free No Obligation Consultation Call 904-346-HELP.
For more information on your legal rights in a dog bite injury case click on our Dog Bite Injury page
Barnes Cohen & Sullivan is a Jacksonville personal injury law firm dedicated to providing strong advocacy to personal injury clients throughout North Florida and South Georgia for over 40 years.