Florida Dog Bites – Risks to Children – Statistics and Important Information for Parents

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In Florida, children are the unfortunate victims of dog bite incidents. Some dog bites involve the family dog, a neighbor’s dog, a relative’s dog, a friend’s dog, a stranger’s dog, business owned dog, government owned dog, or stray. Whoever owns the dog – the injuries resulting from a dog bite injury can be quite significant from both a physical and psychological standpoint for a child. The Florida Department of Health posted an interesting article about Dog Bites on its website. According to a study conducted by health professionals and a veterinarian, there are more than 4.7 million reports of dog bites a year and approximately 50 % of these incidents involve children. It is estimated that more than 500 residents from the State of Florida are bitten by a dog each year and suffer injuries significant enough to require a hospital visit or admission. Children under the age of 10 years old were noted to suffer a higher proportion of injuries to the head and neck as compared to older victims. The study also noted that a greater number of un-neutered males accounted for over 70 % of the dog bite incidents. This statistic supports the need and utility of having dog owners neuter their male dogs. For more information regarding this study – See Florida Department of Health – Dog Bite Information, Statistics, and Advice. See also Florida Dangerous Dog Laws – County by County, and Florida Leash Laws – County by County.