Not everyone knows how much of a problem dog bites can be. Dog-related injuries total nearly $900,000,000 every year in the United States.
In 2021, Ohio had the eighth-most dog-bite insurance claims (732) in the nation. The average cost for Ohio claims was $41,499. Total value for dog-related claims in Ohio was $30.4 million.
Many of these bites occurred in situations where the victim assumed the dog was friendly. Knowing the consequences of these bites and how to avoid them can help protect people from these injuries.
Consequences of a dog bite
A dog bite can be far worse than just some bruising or minor bleeding. Some consequences of a dog bite can include:
- Permanent damage to muscles or tendons
- Nerve damage
- Loss of mobility or function
- Broken bones
Dog bites can come with lifelong and severe consequences, which is why it is so important to know the signs of a dog that is about to bite.
What to look out for in an aggressive dog
Some signs in a dog that is about to bite can appear in friendly dogs, which is why it is important to look at a dog closely before rushing in to pet them. Some signs in an aggressive dog include: growling, snarling, lowered ears, tail moving in a stiff and high manner, tail tucked between the legs, aggressive barking, baring teeth, and taking an aggressive stance.
If you do not know the dog, do not take the risk
If you encounter a dog that you are not familiar with, consult with the owner about whether their dog is friendly or not. If you cannot confirm with the owner, play it safe and avoid the dog, even if it does not show aggression signs. Dog bites can be costly and dangerous, so be sure you are not taking chances with your health around strange dogs.