What do you do when man’s best friend doesn’t seem so friendly? Do you know how to protect your kids from a dog bite? What if your child has suffered a bite? Do you know how to respond?
In this series of posts, we will make sure you, as a parent, are able to best protect your children from suffering a dog bite and are ready to act should the worst happen.
Today, let’s talk about why it is so important to understand dog bites. Some people may say California is one of the most dangerous states in the country for dog bites.
As we have mentioned before, California had the most insurance claims for dog bites of any state in the country in 2013. In all, almost 1,920 claims were filed, based on data from State Farm and the Insurance Information Institute. That means, at a minimum, almost 2,000 people suffered dog bites in California that year. Most likely, even more people were bitten by dogs, but some never filed a claim with an insurance company.
Unfortunately, the bad news doesn’t stop there. San Diego has also been named one of the worst cities when it comes to mail carriers getting bitten by dogs. In all, there were 53 reported dog bites suffered by mail carriers in San Diego in 2013, according to the U.S. Postal Service – ranking the city as the fourth most dangerous in the country.
Mail carriers are not the only people frequently in harm’s way, however. Children are often most at risk of suffering a serious dog bite in California. The Emergency Department at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego reports that approximately five children are admitted with dog bites every week. That means, every year, at least 260 children in San Diego need to see a doctor after suffering a dog bite.
Do you think dogs in California are more dangerous than in other states? Why do you think more people are suffering dog bites in our state than other places across the country?
In upcoming posts, we will explain how you, as a parent, can protect your children from suffering a serious dog bite and what steps you should take after a child is bitten.