Summer is in full swing, and dog owners are taking advantage of the great weather. Not every dog is “man’s best friend,” however. Poorly trained, aggressive, triggered or rabid dogs can attack humans, leaving behind serious injury and lasting trauma. Children and the elderly are the most vulnerable, but everyone is at risk.
Every year, thousands of people visit the emergency room due to dog bites. Do you know how to protect yourself from a dog attack, or what to do if a dog attacks you?
Preventing Dog Attacks
Even if you love dogs, they still operate on animal instinct when threatened. Follow these common sense safety tips to lessen the likelihood a dog will attack you or your loved ones.
- Never approach unfamiliar dogs uninvited. If you want to pet an unfamiliar dog, it’s best to ask the owner for permission first. Don’t approach dogs that are tied up or left unattended.
- Let the dog come to you. When you do approach a dog, offer them your hand to sniff. Hold still and wait for them to decide you’re safe.
- Do not tease or agitate dogs. Most adults know not to tease or agitate dogs—don’t pull their tails, hit them, poke at them or try to take away their food, toys or babies.
- Teach your children how to treat animals. If you have small children, teach them how to safely approach a dog. You should also teach them to play with animals gently. Even friendly dogs can snap at children.
- Stay away from dogs displaying signs of aggression. If a dog is growling, staring intently, seems tense and has a stiff tail, they may be getting ready to attack. Do not approach the dog. Keep your hands at your sides and stay quiet and still.
- Don’t turn away from a dog who seems ready to attack. When you come across a dog displaying signs of aggression, do not turn your back on them.
What to Do if You’re Attacked by a Dog
If a dog attacks you, curl your body into a ball, cover your face and ears with your arms and remain motionless. When the attack is over, wash the wounds with warm soapy water immediately, and seek medical treatment. Contact Animal Control to report the incident—then call a personal injury attorney to review your legal options.
Consult with a Dog Bite Lawyer About Your Case
Have you been injured in a dog attack? Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to recover compensation. If a negligent owner is at fault, I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call me today at 877.944.4373 for a consultation.