SATURDAY, May 19 (HealthDay News) -- More than 4.7 million
Americans are bitten by dogs each year, and more than half of those
victims are younger than age 14, experts say.
During National Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 20 to 26), the
American Academy of Pediatrics is aiming to educate people about
The academy offers many tips to help parents protect their
children from dog bites:
- If your family is planning to get a dog, choose a suitable
breed. Collies and Labrador retrievers are among the breeds
recommended as generally safe with children. Talk to your
veterinarian for more information about how different breeds
- Dogs need to be socialized. You can do this by gradually
exposing your puppy to a variety of people and other animals so it
feels at ease in these situations. Continue this training as your
dog gets older.
- Training is essential. Commands create a bond of obedience and
trust between people and dogs.
- Don't wrestle or play aggressive games such as tug-of-war with
- Neutering your dog will make it less likely to bite, and you
need to vaccinate your dog against rabies and other diseases.
- Never leave a baby or small child alone with a dog. Teach
children not to bother a dog if it is sleeping, eating or caring
for puppies, and teach them not to run past a dog.
- If a dog threatens you, remain calm, avoid eye contact and
either stand still until the dog leaves or back away slowly. If an
aggressive dog knocks you down, curl into a ball and protect your
face with your hands.
- If a dog bites you or your child, clean small wounds with soap
and water and seek medical care for larger wounds. Contact the
dog's veterinarian to check vaccination records.
The Nemours Foundation offers tips for selecting
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