Although dogs are human’s best companion, around 4.5 million people suffer from dog bites in the country every year. During the Dog Bite Prevention Week, they try to educate people about how you can protect yourself from these attacks. Majority of the dog bites are preventable, and there are several things you should do at your home and within your locality to help prevent the bites.
The Common Health Problem in the United States:
One of the country’s common health problems is dog bites. As per the reports of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), The American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA), the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the most common victims of dog bites are small children, the elderly, and Postal Service carriers. For that reason, every year during May, the postal service continues its practice of creating awareness to this common problem via National Dog Bite Prevention Week. Traditionally dog bite prevention week is held during May, but last year there was a permanent change in the dates. The campaign is now held during April.
This is a public service campaign that creates awareness, offers safety tips and highlights the need for increased pet owner’s accountability in the prevention of dog bites. The report also stated that the number of dog bites exceeds the case of measles, mumps and whooping cough. Around five percent of dog bites, victims account for emergency room visits.
Safety Director Linda DeCarlo announced the following statement at a news conference held at Houston statement “Dogs are protective and may view our letter carriers handing mail to their owner as a threat. Their postal employees suffered around 77 dog bites which are more than any other city in the country.
The U.S. Postal Service, The AVMA, and State Farm Insurance created the National Dog Bite Prevention Week association to protect the essential bond between people and their dogs. As per the alliance, educating people about dog bites and responsibility of pet ownership are crucial for healthy society because any dog can bite any person.
This campaign focuses and creates awareness among the people about preventive measures of dog bites. An estimated population of dogs in U.S. households is 70 million. With millions of people including children are victims of dogs every year. The majority of these bites are preventable.
Reports From Various Institutes State the Following:
• As per the reports of U.S. Postal Service, 6,244 postal employees were bitten by dogs in the year 2017. Children, elders, and postal carriers are the most common victims of dog bites.
• As per estimation of the Insurance Information Institute In 2017, insurers all around the country paid around $700 million in claims associated with dog bites
• As per the reports of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, almost 29,000 reconstructive measures were taken in the year 2016 to cover injuries caused by the dog.
What Can You Do to Prevent a Dog Bite?
• Responsible Pet Ownership
• Educate yourself about how to approach dogs
• Avoid Risky Situations