Dog Attacks Boy
Posted: Thursday, April 2 2009, 08:38 AM EDT

A six year old boy is recovering this morning after being viciously attacked by a rottweiller. Seth Conrad is being treated at Children's Hospital for bites from the back of his neck to his knees. The dog attacked the child in front of a home on South High Street. Shaunta Swimm says her son was playing in the backyard when she heard barking then ... (more)


Children At Risk of Dog-Bite Injuries
Submitted by Ramona Bates MD on Mar 28th, 2009

A new study published in the March issue of the journal Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery reports that young children are the ones most at risk of dog-bite injuries to the head and neck. The study also indicates that most of these injuries occur in warmer weather, so it is time to become more watchful. The study involved 84 children with dog-bite injuries who were treated by the researchers. The ages ranged from 10 months to 19 years, but the average age was 6. Approximately half of the injured children were 4 years old or younger. The family pet was to blame in 27% of the cases. The most common areas injuries were the cheek (34%) and the lips (21%). Dog bites are considered contaminated wound injuries, but the study found that wound healing was excellent in most of the cases. Infections were infrequent. It is important for parents to teach their children how to treat dogs. It is important to ... (more)


Related StoriesCharges upgraded in dogs' mauling of boy
By Odile Fredericks, Carolina Parent Web Editor

You know the fear. Youre walking with your tot enjoying the warm weather, when suddenly, you see someone approaching walking his pit bull. Your tot and his dog are about to meet at eye level. What should you do? Turn and head home or keep walking ahead? After reading the results of a new study from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Id say err on the side of caution. According to SUNY researchers, kids are at a higher risk of dog-bite injuries to the head and neck, especially during warmer weather, Reuters reports. The researchers speculate that the higher incidence of dog bites could be because kids are ... (more)


Dog-bite injuries in children peak in warm weather
Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:00pm EDT

By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young children appear to be at particular risk of dog-bite injuries to the head and neck, with most incidents happening during warmer weather, a study suggests. In a review of injuries treated at their children's hospital, researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo found that the incidence of head and neck dog-bite injuries peaked in the summer. This may have to do with the fact that children are ... (more)


Curb your fear with these 4 ways to avoid dog bites
Reported by: Marchelle Lee

If you've ever been bitten by a dog you know you won't soon forget it. For some people, the experience actually creates a very serious fear, for others it creates a dislike of dogs. But, there are some very practical ways to avoid dog bites all together. Melissa Gable, executive director at Friends of Animal Care & Control, offers tips to avoid dog bites: ... (more)


How to prevent dog bites in the home
March 19, 8:45 PM

Dog bite insurance claims are common amongst homeowners. According to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4.5 million people are bitten in the U.S. every year. Why is this number of dog bites so high? People fail to do common sense things to prevent them. They are things we all can do to help decrease the risk of a dog bite happening in our home without spending a lot of money. 1) Make use of a good fence. Fences do make good neighbors especially if you own a dog. Keep this in mind and put one up if you own a pet dog. It will help keep him from straying into a neighbors yard and attacking someone because hes stimulated in a new or wrong way. 2) Take action if your dog is a bitter. Lets face it. Some dogs are bitters. Either its do to poor training from a prior owner or a past trauma. Regardless, once you see that your dog is bent in this way, you have to act. Contact a vet to see if his behavior has a medical basis. Move him to a less stressful environment. Do the unthinkable and put him down. (Yes, I said it!) You dont want the moral or financial responsibility of owning a dog that may eventually mangle or kill another dog or human. Its an awful burden to bear. 3) Teach your children dog etiquette early. Kids are often the victims of dog bites because they dont know dog etiquette. Toddlers dont understand that it is aggravating to a dog if hes grabbed and hung by the tail or pulled by the ears. So, its your job to teach your child. Start instructing your child as soon as he can crawl. It is the best way to protect him and your dog from an unfortunate incident. 4) Keep your dog away from new company. Planning a 4th of July celebration? Inviting your long lost relatives over for Christmas? If so, set up a special place in your home to stash your dog. No, it doesnt have to be for the whole visit. You just need to give your dog and company time to adjust to each other. 5) Select a breed that is right for your family. Certain breeds dont do well with children or big families. As a result, before you ... (more)


Dog That Bit Girl Had Been Trained With Teddy Bear, Investigators Say

TAMPA - Hunter, a male Mastiff mix, had been trained by its owner to play tug-of-war with a teddy bear about as large as a toddler, animal investigators said. Monday, the dog clamped down on the head of a 2-year-old girl, forcing the dog owner to choke the animal in order to release the child, investigators said. Hillsborough County Animal Services now has possession of the dog. Dog owner David Arthur III, 38, of Hudson, faces criminal charges in the attack on Mia Kingsman, who was being treated at Tampa General Hospital on Tuesday, officials said. A hospital spokeswoman listed the girl in serious condition. The girl's family ... (more)


Understanding dog

The American Medical Association says dog bites are the second leading cause of childhood injuries, and as was the case with the attack in Mesa on Thursday, 80-90% of the dog bites come from animals that the victim knows. So what would make a loving family pet turn on a child? FOX 10's Marc Martinez has some answers (Video Segment) ... (more)


Listening to your dog's warning signals
March 7, 7:45 AM

Recently, a dog that my friend was puppy-sitting at her hair salon bit a girl, sending her to the hospital. I heard the story when I arrived for my own appointment. Of course I wanted to know how it happened. "I don't know," my friend replied, perplexed. "She was laying with the dog and all of a sudden he just started biting!" As a trainer I have heard this comment over and over, and I am compelled to tell all of you, there is no such thing as ... (more)


A one-woman crusade against dog bites
March 8, 6:03 AM Add a Comment

One woman is taking on a big problem: dog bites. Debbie Tringale has made education her mission, starting this year during National Dog Bite Prevention Week, May 17 through 23. When Debbie was researching articles to help her dog training clients, she came across a startling fact: in 2007, nearly a third of the fatal dog attacks happened in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. That shocking fact made her realize that ... (more)


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