The truth is that we are surrounded daily by relatively ugly statistics depicting dog-bites. These statistics are often created by people who simply did not know how to defuse a dangerous dog situation, or worse yet, people who made a dog condition even worse by their own actions.
Quality behavioral education is the best method to positively change dog-bite statistics.
Some Interesting Statistics
- According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, (AVMA), Oklahoma is ranked 10th in the nation for dog ownership.
- Approximately 4.7 million people are bitten every year.
- Yearly, over 800,000 people require medical attention.
- Approximately 31,000 require reconstructive surgery every year.
- Children under 12 are the targets of over 50% of all dog bites.
- Many dog bites go unreported.
- There are 74.8 million dogs in America.
- Over 75% of American households have at least one dog.
- Approximately 33 people die every year due to their dog bite injuries.
- Dog bites are the 5th MOST frequent visit to hospital emergency rooms.
- Someone seeks medical attention for a dog bite every 40 seconds in the United States.
- According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA):
- "dog bites are a public health crisis",
- "There are very few public health crises that can be cured by education… dog bites are one of them”,
- “the most surprising aspect of this public health crisis is that it does NOT have to be this way; dog bites are preventable…”
- In America, nearly $2 billion is spent each year to defend, litigate and provide medical care due to dog bite injuries.
- The average cost of a single dog bite is over $44,ooo.