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Animal Bites & Attacks Archives

Teach children how to stay safe around dogs

It's only natural for kids to love dogs, or at the very least be curious about them. In many cases, dogs will reciprocate, but if a dog is naturally aggressive or feels threatened it is possible that it could bite a child. As parents and caregivers, it is important to teach children how to interact with dogs appropriately in order to avoid a dog bite or limit the damage of a dog attack.

Early treatment after animal bite is key to preventing rabies

A New Jersey resident who has been injured by an animal attack should be checked out by a medical doctor. If an aggressive dog or other animal is unknown to the victim, the victim could potentially have contracted rabies. Once noticeable symptoms of rabies appear in a person, there is hardly any chance of survival.

Dangers of cat bites

Many people in New Jersey suffer from animal bites each year. While people most often hear about dog bite injuries, cat bites can also cause severe injuries due to the infections that can develop from them.

Reducing dog bites still may not keep New Jersey residents safe

It has long been believed that learning to read a dog's body language could reduce the frequency of dog bites. However, new research from the University of Liverpool indicated that this might not be the case. In some dog bite incidents, the victim had no prior interaction with the animal, which made it impossible to read the dog's behavior ahead of time.

Mistreatment and neglect linked to dog bite cases

New Jersey residents will probably be unsurprised to learn that mistreated or neglected dogs are more likely to lash out than beloved family pets. A 2013 study published by the American Veterinary Medical Association reveals that dogs considered to be part of the family by their owners are far less likely to demonstrate aggressive behavior. However, those that spend most of their lives isolated from human companionship seldom learn how to behave appropriately when antagonized.

Avoiding and protecting against dog attacks

With so many New Jersey residents owning dogs, many do not realize that dig attacks can be a serious hazard. Even the most docile dogs can potentially become vicious. Because thousands of adults and children suffer from dog attacks across the nation, everyone should know how to protect themselves against attacks or know how to avoid them altogether.

Treatment for rabies in New Jersey

After a person has been bitten by an animal, it is important to take proper precautions to lower the odds of suffering from rabies. One easy method that has been shown to reduce the odds of contracting rabies is cleaning the wound with clean water or an iodine solution. However, it may be necessary to seek comprehensive post-exposure anti-rabies vaccination from a trained medical professional.

Statistics for animal bites to the hand in New Jersey

Statistics show that domestic animal bites, mostly by dogs, make up better than 90 percent of bites. Dogs bite about 4,500,000 individuals every year in the United States. More than 50 percent of Americans will be bitten by an animal during their lifetime. Animal bites involve saliva, which contains a wide range of bacteria. The jaws of an adult dog, particularly in larger breeds, have the capability to exert a bite force of more than 300 pounds. Annually, dog and cat bites result in more than $850 million in health care costs.

Emergency care for animal bites

New Jersey residents who are victims of a dog bite or another type of animal attack will likely need to visit an emergency room to get the wound treated. Once at the hospital, medical staff may anesthetize the injured area for the comfort of the patient and to allow thorough examination of the bite wound by a doctor.