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Safety tips for your kids if a dog attacks

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    What to do if a dog attacks you

    What to do if a dog attacks you

    Dog bites happen more than you might think. In fact, 800,000 Americans seek medical attention for dog bite injuries each year.
    Dog bites happen more than you might think. In fact, 800,000 Americans seek medical attention for dog bite injuries each year.

Dogs bite nearly a thousand children every day. These dog bites can even send kids to the ER or worse. Pet expert, Luciano Aguilar has some important safety tips to help kids avoid injury when a dog attacks.

Luciano says that he may be a dog expert now, but growing up he was terrified of dogs. Most bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs. So knowing the right things to do during an attack can literally save a child's life.

The first step is to avoid getting bitten in the first place. An important rule of thumb to teach children: never approach any dog unless the owner says it's okay. Kids should also know to never look directly into a dog's eyes. It's a challenge that invites aggression and because kids are often at eye-level with dogs, bites are typically to their head, neck and face.

Now, if a dog does attack, kids should never ever scream and run away. That triggers hunting instincts, and the dog will chase them. Instead, kids should stand their ground and use a barrier to block the attack. Something like a backpack is a great barrier to use. If that's not an option, kids should try to make themselves boring to the dog.  

There's two ways to do that. First, act like a "tree." Stand perfectly still with arms, hands and fingers flat against the body so the dog can't get at them. If "tree" doesn't work, try "turtle." Get down on your hands and knees and cover your face with your hands so you look like a turtle. This helps protect the head, face and neck area.

If a child is bitten by a dog, wash the wound with soap and warm water and contact a doctor right away. If the skin is punctured, go to the emergency room and be sure to report the incident to your local animal control agency. 

Research shows that a high percentage of young children who are attacked by dogs experience "post traumatic stress disorder." Signs and symptoms can include excessive anxiety, decreased school performance and sleep problems.

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