The bites that require hospitalization and surgical repair are the most serious injuries, such as: B. Infants bitten in the face and neck, which can damage many critical structures, including eyes and ears, and can also cause devastating cosmetic damage. But hand injuries can also have very permanent effects and must be repaired by experts.
As for dog bite prevention, Dr. Dixon: "Strategy # 1 remains supervision." Children should learn to leave dogs alone when they are eating, when they are sleeping with a favorite toy, when they are caring for their puppies. You shouldn't turn to unfamiliar dogs. And dog owners should keep their dogs healthy and socialize and train them from an early age.
"It's important that we take responsibility for our animals," said Ms. Goff, who has a dog called Daisy that she brings to the office. "Most dogs don't bite to attack, they bite because they're afraid or provoked."
Ms. Goff also stressed that from a liability perspective, anyone who owns a dog should have insurance coverage. In her state of Connecticut, a strict liability state, "I don't have to prove anyone was at fault," she said, and the dog owner is responsible for the damage. "If you can afford the dog, you can afford the insurance," she said.
She said it was also important to report dog bites as dogs that bite multiple times must be tracked, but reassured those who feared a dog could be destroyed, at least in Connecticut unless there is a disaster or death from injury, "our forgiveness for animals extends quite a bit."
If dogs exhibit aggressive behavior, owners should, Dr. Dixon, get expert help from a veterinarian or "canine behavioral expert – ideally before something bad happens".
Dr. Judy Schaechter, a professor of Pediatrics and Public Health at the University of Miami, said, given the surge in puppy purchases during the Covid epidemic, "It's now a year this year. Puppies can be big, strong dogs at this point." Since many parents balance working from home with their children's school problems, it can be difficult for them to keep all children (and pets) under constant supervision.