Below are some interesting statistics from the AVMA about dog bites:
•Each year, more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs.
•Almost 1 in 5 people bitten by dogs require medical attention.
•Every year, more than 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites; at least half of them are children.
•Children are, by far, 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.
•Senior citizens are the second most common dog bite victims.
To learn more about dog bite prevention, go to: www.avma.org/public/Pages/Dog-Bite-Prevention.aspx