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Dog Bites

Dog Bite Prevention Week

dog bite prevention

This week from May 15th to the 21st is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. And, now that the warmer weather is here, many dogs are out and about in our neighborhoods and communities. Here in Lee’s Summit, we have two dog parks as well.

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What To Do If You’re Bitten By A Dog

Dog Bite

Pet ownership in the U.S. has more than tripled since the 1970s. According to the Humane Society and APPA, 83.3 million dogs live in family houses. The chance for a dog bite occurring has increased dramatically — with children being the most likely victims.

  • Each year, dogs bite more than 4.5 million people in the U.S.
  • Almost 1 in 5 bitten by dogs requires medical attention.
  • Every year, more than 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites; at least half of them are children.
  • Children are the most common victims of dog bites and are far more likely to be severely injured.
  • Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs.

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