Dogs Are Often Heroes, But Guess What?
Dogs are often considered “man’s best friend.” Many dog owners consider their dogs members of their family despite being a different species. Dogs have your back and sometimes risk their own lives to save their human owners from danger. Dogs have even taken bullets for humans and alerted them about life-threatening emergencies.
Dogs are the only species to have evolved specifically to be the true companions of humans. The 10,000 to 20,000 year relationship between humans and dogs goes quite a long way back. Many dog owners and their dogs stand together and love each other with unshakeable loyalty.
However, there is one disadvantage that owning a dog comes with that can be quite difficult to overlook: Some dogs BITE!
Approximately 1,000 people are bitten by dogs and end up in the hospital as a result everyday. In the most severe cases, these people end up with wounds that put them at risk of rabies infections, which is a life-threatening viral disease. It is most likely to be children, infants, and males who are bitten by dogs.
How to Avoid Dog Bites
It’s always a smart idea to keep your distance between yourself and your dog and to watch your dog closely. If you see one of these below behaviors, your dog could be getting ready to bite someone and that could be you!
-Stiffening his tail
-Staring at you intensely
-Flicking his tongue
-Pulling back his ears
-Rolling his eyes such that you can see the white parts in his eyeballs
-Tensing up his whole body
-(Most importantly) Acting aggressively
If this is the case, it’s best for you to slowly back away from your dog until you are out of his sight. Resist any natural instincts to turn your back to the dog, run away, and scream because the dog will most likely chase you down and bite you. It’s the dog’s natural instinct to chase after you and hunt you down if you scream out loud.
If your dog is after you, it is better to put the sleeve of your jacket or your bag into the dog’s mouth. It’s better that they bite on some cloth rather than your hand or arm itself.
If you are bitten by a dog, it is best to seek medical attention right away and to wash your wound with soap and warm water as best as you can.