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Who is at the greatest risk of a dog bite?

On Behalf of | Aug 25, 2021 | Dog Bites |

Dogs are one of the most popular pets, if not the most popular. They are almost everywhere. Walking down the street, you’re sure to see people with their pets, pets in windows and even pets riding along in vehicles.

Unfortunately, dogs still have the power and capability to bite. A bite can be dangerous and lead to serious infections as well as disfiguring wounds.

Younger people are at a greater risk of dog bites

Did you know that children are at a greater risk of suffering from a dog bite? In fact, around 51% of all victims of dog bites are children, according to the Humane Society. The American Veterinary Medical Association agrees, stating that children between the ages of five and nine are the most likely to suffer from bites.

There are a few reasons for this, such as children being closer to the ground and more easily overcome by a dog. Children may also not be able to tell when a dog is frightened, upset or anxious, which could lead to bites simply from a lack of awareness. While 80% of dog bites do happen at home, many happen in other places, such as in parks, at a friend’s home or at a relative’s home.

Children who are bitten have a greater likelihood of suffering serious bite injuries to the face and body. If your child is bitten, it’s important to seek out medical care as soon as possible. Early treatment may help prevent infections and secondary complications from the bite wound. The owner of the dog can be held liable in most cases, so you can focus on getting your child the medical care they need.