-- Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, May 24 (HealthDay News) -- Dogs bite about 4.7 million
people in the United States every year, but education and proper
training and control of dogs can prevent many attacks, experts
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American
Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) are among four U.S. medical
organizations joining other groups to raise awareness during
National Dog Bite Prevention Week, May 15 to 21.
Because they often treat victims of dog attacks, plastic
surgeons see firsthand how devastating dog bite injuries can be.
There were nearly 33,000 reconstructive procedures on dog bite
victims in the United States in 2010, an 8 percent increase from
2009, according to the ASPS.
"Unfortunately, the majority of reconstructive surgeries to treat dog bites are performed on children," ASPS President Dr. Phillip Haeck said in an AAP news release. "Children are frequently bitten on the face, which can result in severe lacerations, infection and permanent scarring."
Children are about three times more likely than adults to be
bitten by a dog, studies have found. Each year, about 600,000
children in the United States require medical attention for dog
Advice about how dog owners can prevent their dogs from biting,
how people can avoid being bitten, and how to treat dog bites is
outlined in a brochure offered by the AAP, United States Postal
Service and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Among the ways you can protect yourself and your family from dog
Here's where you can find the
dog bite prevention brochure.
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