Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Most dog bites come from family pets

I am actively thinking about getting another dog. I fear tripping, vet bills, trying to get rides to vets, paying the vet who comes to you, etc.

I was not really thinking of getting bitten--although my daughter was once savaged by a pitbull--19 stitches (don't bother writing me that it was the owner, not the dog).

Study in the J of Pediatric Surgery showed that more than 50% of dog bites at Phoenix Children's Hospital were from dogs owned by an immediate family member.

They looked at a 74-mo period between 2007 and 2013--670 dog bites at the hospital. Of this, 282 were severe enough to require a look by a trauma team. Sixty percent required an operation.

Both genders were bitten--but males slightly more often (55%).

The most common patient age was five--but as young as 2.5 years.

28 dog breeds wered involved--most common, pits.

The most common injuries were lacerations on the face, but there were also fractures and injuries to private parts.

They think familiarity with the animal confers a false sense of safety.

--Never leave infants or young children alone with a dog.

--Make sure all dogs in the home are spayed or neutered.

--Train and socialize your pets.

--Keep dogs mentally stimulated--play with them and walk them.

--Teach children appropriate ways to play--not grabbing the dog's food, for instance, or teasing it with food or pulling fur.

My daughter was in her twenties when a friend's pitbull did not want her to nuzzle it and tried to tear off her upper lip.

I am going on Craigs a lot--you would be surprised how many listings say, not good with cats, has to be only pet, not for young children, very energetic, and so on.

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