With spring just around the corner, it is almost time to take your morning run from the treadmill back to the pavement. Returning to the outdoors reintroduces dangers you did not have to worry about in the gym.
A dog is an animal, and animals are unpredictable.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
New Jersey residents who worry about issues with stray or aggressive dogs may be concerned about threats to personal safety and to loved ones. Statistics indicate that approximately 4.5 million individuals are bitten in the United States each year with about half of these incidents involving children. Up to 20 percent of these incidents are so severe that medical treatment is necessary, and reconstructive surgery may be needed in thousands of cases.
One of the most traumatic things that can happen to a child is to be the victim of an animal attack. While most domestic animals are friendly and relatively harmless, there are always unknowns when it comes to animals, particularly unfamiliar ones. A seemingly docile or playful dog actually could be a dangerous dog, and things can turn tragic in the blink of an eye. Estimates are that about 4.5 million Americans suffer dog bite injuries every year, and many of those victims are children.