Dog Bite Prevention (from Positively.com)

From May 15th – 21st, I will be joining forces with the American Veterinary Medical Association, the US Postal Service and other organizations to promote National Dog Bite Prevention Week.  Now more than ever, awareness needs to be raised about how to prevent dog bites from occurring.  If you’re like me and are concerned about this issue, then the latest statistics will alarm you, because dog bites in the United States and Great Britain are growing.  Over a sixteen year period the number of hospital admissions caused by dog bites in the U.S. nearly doubled, increasing from 5,100 in 1993 to 9,500 in 2008, according to a report by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  And as if these numbers weren’t bad enough, according to 2010 statistics, there were approximately 4.5 million reported dog bites in the US, 800,000 of which were serious enough to require medical attention.  Over the last ten years dog bites have increased 50% in England and 150% in Scotland.  What is happening in these countries to cause such an increase?  The more I investigate the dog bite problem, the more I am discovering the reasons why.  You might be surprised at what I have found…

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