CHICAGO (WBBM) – Dogs bite an estimated 4.7 million people every year in the United States and many of the victims are young children. Expert say public awareness and education are key to preventing biting incidents and the full court press is on this week during National Dog Bite Prevention Week.
“Nearly a million people seek medical attention each year for dog bites,” says Dr. Julia Georgesen from Blum Animal Hospital in Chicago. Georgesen is also resident pet expert on Newsradio 780’s Eye on Pets program.
She says pet owners and non-pet owners both share responsibility when it comes to preventing dog bites.
“Socialize your puppy at a young age to be comfortable in new situations with new animals and with new people. Train your dog to understand basic commands. That helps it develop trust with you the owner. Provide plenty of exercise and stimulation to keep your dog mentally stimulated and healthy.”