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.
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.
The Center for Disease Control released some statistics regarding dog bites in the United States, and the information reveals that nearly 4.5 million people suffer dog bites every year in this country. Not all of these bites are serious, but it was reported that 885,000 of these victims do seek medical attention, and half of them are children. Approximately 27,000 of those had reconstructive surgery in 2012.
It might seem like overkill to have to worry about receiving a dog bite injury. After all, with all the things that could harm people these days, an old-fashioned thing such as being bitten by a dog seems almost quaint. New Jersey residents who have lived through a dog bite injury, however, know that it is a very real, and very scary, thing.