Did you know that, depending on your state, dog bites can factor into your home insurance policy? About 1/3 of all homeowners insurance claims paid out in recent years were a result of dog bites and other dog injuries. The type of dog you own matters to insurers, too. They use statistics to determine which dog breeds are considered more likely to bite, and will sometimes deny home insurance to people who own certain dog breeds. Although "breed restriction" is not legal in Pennsylvania, it is still important information to know when considering adding a new pet to your home.
Sadly, a young toddler in the Philadelphia area recently passed away after being attacked by two dogs in his neighborhood. We wish this NEVER happened, but in case you are attacked by a dog, here are some tips that may help keep you safer:
Dog bites are scary, messy, and potentially fatal. In recent months, dog bites have been getting a great deal of press due to several cases in which dog bite victims have died as a result of their injuries. Sometimes, these injuries are directly due to the injuries sustained in the attacks, while other times these deaths are due to infections caused by bacteria transferred from the dog to the human victim. Of course, these attacks are largely avoidable if pet owners remember to be smart, responsible, safe, and considerate of others.
Sometimes, dog attacks happen. They are scary, unexpected, and can result in some serious lasting physical and emotional damage. It is even worse when they happen to young children. One such dog attack happened recently in Lancaster, PA. According to Lancaster Online, a dog recently attacked two children who were sitting in carseats in a minivan outside getting ready to go inside their home. The dog, who gave both young children serious facial injuries, had broken through a fence and approached the children. One of the children is in the ICU, while the other child was recently released from the hospital. The owner of the dog chose have it euthanized after a period of quarantine to make sure that it doesn't have rabies.
Dog bites and dog attacks are a big problem, especially in Pennsylvania. According to nationally compiled data, Pennsylvania sits at the #4 spot for the number of dog bite claims each year by state. Last year, that meant that almost 1,000 dog bites resulted in some type of legal action.So, how can you help prevent a dog attack while you're out this summer? Follow a few simple tips:
Although we hope this never happens to you, it is important to know how to keep yourself safe in the event that you are attacked by a dog. This is crucial, especially since dogs bite almost 5 million Americans a year, and almost a million of those people seek medical treatment. In fact, almost 400,000 of those victims have such bad injuries that they require immediate attention in the emergency room.
Often, we hear about the victims' sides in terms of dog bite cases. However, what can owners do to prevent their dogs from biting other dogs or people? Take a look at these tips below, courtesy of HumaneSociety.org: