8-year-old on crutches after dog bite
By MARIANN MARTIN

8-year-old boy attacked by a dog Tuesday afternoon is at home and doing well, according to his grandmother, Mary Simpson. Around 3:30 p.m., Christean Simpson was playing in his grandmother's front yard when his ball rolled out in the street, Mary Simpson said. He ran to get the ball, and that is when the dog came running from two houses down the street and attacked him, she said. "He (the dog) came tearing out of the yard and went straight for my grandson," Mary Simpson said Wednesday afternoon. "He was dragging him down the street." Mary Simpson said her stepson, the boy's father, grabbed a garbage can and used it to beat off the dog. But Dewarnia Fuller, a sister to the dog's owner, said Christean Simpson had been taunting the dog before he was attacked. Fuller said the dog had been ... (more)

 

National Dog Bite Prevention Week - Prevention is the Best Cure for Dog Bites
SCHAUMBURG, Ill., May 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/

It's estimated that 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs every year. Fortunately, most dog bites are preventable through appropriate pet selection, proper training, responsible approaches to animal control, and education of dog owners and potential victims. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has joined with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Society for Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), The American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM), and The American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons (ASMS) to celebrate National Dog Bite Prevention Week, May 17-23, 2009. Children are the most common victims of dog bites, followed by ... (more)

 

Dont forget that any dog has potential to bite a child
Bill Wilson

May is National Dog Bite Prevention Month. This started me thinking that in my 20 years of emergency calls, few things were more sad than a child who had become permanently disfigured by a dog bite. My thoughts turned to my three-year-old son and our family dog, a beautiful boxer named Browny, both of whom love each other. Could this tragedy occur in my home? After reading several dog bite prevention articles by such organizations as The American Pediatric Association and The American Kennel Club, I learned the answer ... (more)

 

Watching an animal's body language can help lower your bite risk
Sunday, May 3, 2009

We are entering the time of the year when the frequency of bite incidents increases markedly. Children, particularly boys between 3 and 13, are the most frequent victim of bites, probably due to their tendency to be very active and loud and push the envelope where animals are concerned. Couple this with the fact that children tend to be outdoors more in the summer, and that they often have little or no adult supervision, and the scene is set for an unfortunate incident. It's unfortunate because the child may be seriously hurt, or at least frightened, and the animal may suffer a more drastic fate. Society as a whole tends not to be tolerant of animals that bite or injure humans in any way even when the injury results directly from the actions of the human. There are some basic rules of interaction between humans and people that, if followed, would pretty much eliminate the misunderstandings that lead to bites. First never ... (more)

 

A little human sense can prevent dog bites
Posted by Chris Bynum, Staff writer, The Times-Picayune

There are ways to prevent dog bites according to the American College of Emergency Physicians.Yes, they're our best friends. But that's no excuse for not using a little human sense. The American College of Emergency Physicians says 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. About one in five of those require medical attention. But there are ways to prevent dog bites. The ACEP offers these guidelines: ... (more)

 

Doggone Safe Offers Free Resources for Dog Bite Prevention Week
All Press Releases for April 18, 2009

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON, April 18, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- During the third week in May, the U.S. Postal Service, the American Veterinary Medical Assoc. (AMVA), Doggone Safe Inc. and other organizations will be calling attention to one of North America's most commonly reported public health problems: dog bites. Doggone Safe, a non-profit organization dedicated to dog bite prevention through education offers free information at its website www.doggonesafe.com to help promote safety messages during dog bite prevention week. Doggone Safe also promotes the "Be a Tree" children's program. This program, for school age children, is a short presentation with large photos and lots of activities to teach children to understand the signs dogs send with their body language. The central message of this program is "Be a Tree". That is, stand still if a strange dog approaches or any dog is threatening or overly frisky. Doggone Safe offers the following tips for parents and dog owners to help keep kids safe: ... (more)

 

Dog Bite Dangers
Last Update: 4/16 2:05 pm

With spring approaching, more people will be going outdoors to enjoy warmer weather. That also might mean more contact with dogs, either being walked by their owners or unaccompanied. Since 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) wants to warn Americans about the dangers of dog bites and help prevent them before they happen. Most dogs are friendly, with no intentions to ... (more)

 

Taking the bite out of dog interaction
Amber Kispert Woodbury Bulletin

Who doesnt love a dog? With floppy ears, sad eyes and a usually friendly disposition, its no wonder theyre nicknamed mans best friend. But people still need to be careful around them, because under that cute canine face can be a set of decidedly-sharp teeth. The Hudson Road Animal Hospital is offering a free Dog Bite Prevention Program, which gives tips and lessons about ... (more)

 

Tips to maintain a safe environment for children in home with pets
Child Health News

Pets are a great addition to the family. However, having an animal in the house can lead to injuries and even hospitalizations. Parents especially need to be wary of children's interactions with pets. Thousands of children go to emergency departments (EDs) each year for dog bites and pet-related injuries. "Last year, 94 children were sent to the Pediatrics ED - most of them were 1-year-olds," said Anne Brayer, M.D., pediatrician of Emergency Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and co-director of Injury Free Coalition for Kids, based out of Golisano Children's Hospital at URMC. Nearly two-thirds of children bitten under the age of 4 are injured in the head or neck region, usually because ... (more)

 

Honor National Love Our Children Day by teaching your child how to treat dogs
April 4, 3:05 PM

Today is National Love Our Children Day. The focus of this day is to honor children, keep children safe and strengthen families. One way to do it is to show your child how to treat dogs. Why dogs? You may be wondering why it so important to teach our children how to treat dogs? Well, its important for a variety of reasons. One is that dogs are a regular part of our culture whether we own them as pets or not. So, if we dont teach our children how to treat them, we set them up for unnatural fears and dog attacks. Also, we often keep them forming strong bonds with a being that gives the most unconditionally love on the planet. What should you teach? The two things your should teach your child about socializing with dogs is how to ... (more)

 

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