Dog Bite: Prevention, Treatment, and Statistics


Dog bites are a common occurrence, with over 4.5 million people bitten by dogs in the United States each year. While most dog bites are minor, they can still cause serious injury and infection. In rare cases, dog bites can even be fatal.


There are many reasons why dogs bite. Some dogs may be aggressive due to genetics, fear, or pain. Others may bite out of play or excitement. In some cases, dogs may bite if they feel threatened or if they are protecting their territory or their owners.


There are a number of things that people can do to prevent dog bites, including:

  • Socialize dogs from a young age. This will help them to learn how to interact with other people and animals in a positive way.
  • Teach dogs basic obedience commands. This will help dogs to understand what is expected of them and to respond to commands from their owners.
  • Spay or neuter dogs. This can help to reduce aggressive behavior in some dogs.
  • Supervise children around dogs. Children should never be left unsupervised with any dog, even a familiar one.
  • Be aware of a dog’s body language. Signs that a dog may be feeling threatened or aggressive include growling, snarling, snapping, or showing their teeth.


If you are bitten by a dog /, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Even a minor bite can become infected, so it is important to have the wound cleaned and treated by a doctor. In some cases, the doctor may prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection. If the bite is severe, the doctor may need to stitch the wound or perform other surgery.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), dog bites are the most common type of animal bite in the United States. In 2019, there were an estimated 4.5 million dog bites in the United States, resulting in 650,000 emergency department visits.

Children are the most common victims of dog bites, with children under the age of 5 being at the highest risk. In 2019, an estimated 23% of dog bites were reported in children under the age of 5.


Dog bites are a serious public health problem. By taking steps to prevent dog bites and by seeking medical attention immediately if you are bitten, you can help to reduce the risk of serious injury and infection.

Additional Tips

Here are some additional tips for preventing dog bites:

  • Be cautious around dogs that you do not know. Even if the dog appears to be friendly, it is best to err on the side of caution and avoid petting or interacting with the dog unless you have permission from the owner.
  • Do not approach a dog that is eating or sleeping. Dogs may be more likely to bite if they are disturbed while eating or sleeping.
  • Do not leave toys or other objects lying around that a dog may want to chew or play with. This can lead to the dog becoming possessive of the object and biting if someone tries to take it away.
  • If you are bitten by a dog, report the bite to animal control immediately. This will help to ensure that the dog is quarantined and tested for rabies.