A dog can certainly be man’s best friend and can be an excellent source of companionship for the owner and his or her family, but under the right circumstances, a dog can also present a danger to others.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, and one in five dog bites results in a severe enough injury that it requires medical attention.
These alarming statistics serve as a reminder that dog attacks occur frequently and can be very dangerous for the victim, but canine lovers can help play a part in preventing a dog attack. The CDC offers the following tips for dog owners:
- Speak with a professional, such as a veterinarian, before you adopt your new pup to learn what breed may be best for your household and your lifestyle. Canines with a history of aggression aren’t appropriate for households with children.
- Spend time with your potential new pet before you decide to adopt to make sure it is a good fit for you and your family.
- To reduce aggressive tendencies, spay or neuter your animal.
- Properly train and socialize your pet. Teaching the dog submissive behaviors can keep aggression at bay, as well as not playing aggressive games with them.
- If your dog develops aggressive or hostile behavior, seek the help of a professional so your pup can remain placid.
- Never leave an infant or young child alone with your dog, as small children are most at risk for a dog attack.
A dog attack can leave a victim with severe injuries, both physical and emotional. Therefore, it is important that a dog attack victim seek compensation from any at-fault parties to aid in recovery. If you are the victim of a dog attack in NE, schedule a free consultation with an Omaha dog bite lawyer at the law firm of Cullan & Cullan. We understand the serious impact of this kind of attack and will get you the compensation you need to move forward. Call (402) 397-7600 to speak with us regarding your case.