Did you know that dog bites occur to more than 4 million Americans every year? Nearly one out of every five of those bites causes an injury requiring medical attention, this according to the Centers for Disease Control. Young children are the most frequent victims of dog attacks and are much more likely than adults to be injured by their wounds. Dogs considered to be dangerous due to their breeding are often the cause of attacks due to their aggressive nature.
While strays and other strange dogs can be responsible, most people are actually bitten by the family pet or a dog owned by a friend. Owners of these more aggressive animals need coverage, although some insurers are afraid of the risks involved. Still, there are companies willing to dispense dangerous dog insurance to aid those who are fond of these types of breeds.
Ways in which owners can help to prevent dog bites
When shopping for a new pet it’s important to choose a dog with a good temperament as a family pet. If you’re in the process of training the dog you should never leave young children alone with your pet. During training, try to discourage the dog from biting as a response to being approached, and whenever approaching someone while walking your dog, give the dog a command to heal or stay, particularly if the animal begins to growl. If your dog becomes aggressive, restrain the dog until the other person has walked past.
In the event your dog does bite or scratch someone it’s probably a good idea to provide first aid whenever possible. Dog bites can cause infections that need to be treated with antibiotics, especially if the bite is deep, or the bleeding can’t be stopped, or there are any signs of infection.
The proper care for a dog bite injury includes placing a clean towel over the injury to stop any bleeding, washing the bite carefully with soap and water, applying antibiotic ointment to the injury when possible, and applying a sterile bandage to the wound. For more serious injuries, after dressing the wound the victim should see a doctor immediately.
Owning a dog with an aggressive nature or a breed considered to be overtly aggressive, such as a pit bull or Rottweiler, means additional concerns when an incident occurs. Owners should seek a quote for dangerous dog insurance coverage as soon as possible, which will be necessary in the event your dog does cause an unfortunate injury.