National Dog Bite Prevention Week takes place the third full week in May each year. This year the dates are May 17-23, and the week focuses on educating people about how to prevent dog bites.
With an estimated population of 70 million dogs living in the US households, millions of people – most of them children – are bitten by dogs every year. The majority of these bites, if not all, are preventable.
- Prevent The Bite reports that according to the Center for Disease Control, dog bites were the 11th leading cause of nonfatal injury to children ages 1-4, 9th for ages 5-9 and 10th for ages 10-14 from 2003-2012.
- The Insurance Information Institute estimates that in 2013, insurers across the country paid over $483 million in dog bite claims.
- The American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery reports that according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 26,935 reconstructive procedures were performed in 2013 to repair injuries caused by dog bites.
- The American Humane Association reports that 66% of bites among children occur to the head and neck.
Take this opportunity to learn more about dog bite prevention and help educate others so we can all work together to prevent dog bites.