Statistics have it that 4.7 million people get bitten by dogs yearly. These bites range from minor nips to major attacks.
A dog is a man’s best friend, not his worst enemy. To make it stay that way, here are some tips for you to stay away from being bitten by a dog.
* How to Avoid Being Bitten by A Dog
1. Don’t Approach a Strange Dog.
It is a big no-no to go near just any dog you find adorable, particularly when that dog is tied or placed behind a fence or if it is in a car. A new or strange dog might think that you are threatening him, or you are an intruder.
2. Don’t Just Pet A Dog.
It is not advisable for anyone to suddenly just pet a dog, even his or her own dog, without letting him sniff and recognize you first.
3. Don’t Ever Turn Your Back to a Dog Just to Run Away
This animal’s instinct will dictate it chase and catch you. So, running away is not a good option.
4. Don’t disturb a Dog.
When a dog is sleeping, chewing on anything, caring for her puppies, or eating, it is a bad idea to shock or disturb it.
* How to Bite-Proof Your Own Dog
1. Neuter or spay your dog to reduce its tendency to roam and fight with other dogs.
2. Make it socialize to lessen its being nervous when a lot of people are around.
3. Train your dog to not chase anyone even when it’s just for fun.
4. License your dog and provide for its regular care and rabies vaccinations.
5. Never let your dog roam alone.
* Things to Do if You are Bitten by A Dog
1. Never panic.
This will only aggravate the situation. Stay calm and make sure that you make informed decisions.
2. Deal with the Wound Immediately.
Wash the wound thoroughly with soap and warm water. This should be done immediately. Then, contact your physician for more care and advice.
3. Tell the Animal Care and Control Agency in Your Location about the Bite.
Report to the animal control personnel all the information you can supply regarding the dog. If it is a stray dog, describe the dog, where you saw him, whether you are familiar with it, and also the direction in which he went.