Tips for Avoiding Dog Attacks and Preventing Dogs from Biting

Here are some general tips about how to behave around a dog followed by recommendations on things you should never do around a dog, many of them provided by the American Veterinary Medical Association. We also offer some tips from a dog warden and some specific instructions on what to do if a dog attacks you or appears it is about to. How to avoid owning a dog that bites is also discussed … [Read more...]

Recommendations for Treating a Dog Bite Injury from Ohio Healthcare Professionals

Corinne Gemberling is an emergency room nurse who has seen her share of dog bite injuries in her shift at a Cleveland, Ohio area hospital. She has also observed wounds inflicted by cats and treated bites where a human has bitten another person. The most frequent problem Gemberling has seen in treating dog bites is that too many people wait too long before coming to the ER. When they come in … [Read more...]

Important for Ohio Parents To Teach Their Children About Dog Bite Prevention

Even though it was a really warm summer day, Maureen decided to forego the air conditioning in favor of throwing open the windows to let in the noises of summer: birds chirping, children playing, wind rustling leaves of trees... What she didn't expect to hear was the sound of alarmed children. She soon saw her 12-year-old son's friends helping him as he limped towards home. Then she heard the … [Read more...]

Rise in Online Shopping Increases Dog Bite Hazards for Delivery Workers

As Internet shopping grows and consumers increasingly demand seven-day delivery and groceries on their doorstep, more postal carriers, cable installers, meter readers and delivery people of all types are being confronted by dogs. Dog attacks on postal workers totaled 6,755 in 2016, the highest number in three decades, the U.S. Postal Service reported. This was up 206 from 2015, a year in which … [Read more...]

Current Definitions of Vicious, Dangerous and Nuisance Dogs in Ohio

Reports of serious dog attacks on humans are making news in Ohio and getting response from residents, some who are turning to their local government for help. There are 70 to 80 million dogs in the U.S. and more than 4.5 million dog bites each year with about 885,000 of those bite victims requiring medical attention, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The Ohio … [Read more...]

Canine Communication – What’s Your Dog Trying To Tell You?

Dogs experience the world very differently than we do. We see things first and then listen to process our surroundings. If we want to interact we then use speech to communicate.  Dogs on the other hand use scent as their main way of interpreting their environment. To communicate, they use mainly body language and some vocals. In an article on Canine Communication by Animal Medical Center of … [Read more...]

Canine Behavior, Intelligence, and Emotions

For years researchers and scientists have studied animal behaviors and there have been many discoveries by observing what animals do. For a long time, it was never acknowledged that animals could have feelings. Although there were some that were convinced that animals could suffer and therefore have some kind of feelings, even if it wasn’t the same experience as ours. Animal welfare groups … [Read more...]

Ohio Victims of Dog Bites Don’t Always Report Their Dog Attack Incident

Dog bites occur every 75 seconds each day in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This means one in 50 Americans has a chance of being bitten every day and that 1,000 citizens will seek emergency medical care for their injuries. One out of five of these 4.5 million bites will become infected and some will turn deadly for various reasons. Dog bites … [Read more...]

Infections from Dog Bite Wounds

You have been bit by a dog, now what? You may need to go to the hospital depending on the seriousness of the bite. It can range from a simple scratch to life-threatening injuries. After a dog bite, you should immediately contact your family doctor or visiting the hospital emergency room. On top of making sure you are medically stable, doctors have to figure out how to best treat the wounds not … [Read more...]

Akron Beacon Journal Story Features Our Kids Dog Bite Prevention Program

The Akron Beacon Journal featured our Kids Dog Bite Prevention Program in it's Sunday, October 30, 2016 edition. The article was written by Beacon Journal staff writer Stephanie Warsmith and explains how and why we created our dog bite prevention program during the summer of 2015. The article also tells the real-life story of one of our clients who was bitten by a friend's dog one day while … [Read more...]