The Role of the Ohio Department of Health in a Dog Bite

If you or a loved one is bitten by a dog or other animal, domestic or wild, one of the first things you should do after seeking immediate medical treatment is to notify all local agencies involved in monitoring these types of emergencies—mainly your local police department, your county dog warden and your local health department. Police Department notification is particularly important if the … [Read more...]

Many types of bacteria spread by dogs hurt humans

There is no doubt that if you or a member of your family is bitten by a dog, it’s something to take very seriously. Infection occurs in about 10 to 15 percent of dog bites, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and in about 50 percent of cat bites. Animal bites are polymicrobial which means multiple species of bacteria are present. Tetanus and rabies are some of the most serious, … [Read more...]

10 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds in Ohio (2018 Update)

Every year, dog bites send approximately 316,200 victims to hospital emergency departments and urgent care centers. Dogs are often labeled “man’s best friend,” thanks in large part to thousands of years of evolution in which they helped us hunt and acted as our companions. While dogs are largely domesticated today as pets, it’s important to remember that certain dog breeds can be more aggressive … [Read more...]

Do Not Ignore Your Tetanus Shot After a Dog Bite in Ohio

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 4.5 million dog bites incidents occur annually in the US. About 885,000 people seek medical help for dog bites every year. Out of these individuals, about 3 to 18 percent contract infections like tetanus. Compared to the past, the incidence of tetanus infections has now been reduced in the United States and many other advanced countries … [Read more...]

Do Dogs Smell Your Fear And How To Overcome The Fear Of Dogs?

There is an old proverb that says that dogs can smell our fear. But is this true? What is it that dogs see when they look at a scared and nervous human? Do they get a whiff of your terror, and if yes, will it have an impact on their behavior toward you? Does the fear of dogs increase or decrease your chances of being bitten? Such questions have likely baffled mankind from the time the first … [Read more...]

Local Dog Ordinances Lowering The Number of Dog Bites

Cities throughout the United States with dog ordinances or those that ban certain types of dogs, primarily pit bull breeds, have fewer overall dog bites recorded, according to the website, DogsBite.org which warns the public about breeds it has labeled dangerous. About 700 municipalities have reacted to the pit bull’s reputation by enacting restrictions on the breed, DogsBite asserts in a … [Read more...]

Signs a Dog May Bite and Training Your Dog Not To

How does a person know when a dog is going to bite someone? It’s said that any dog can bite even one who has been very gentle or never reacted by biting in other stressful situations. Veterinarians say biting is most likely to happen when a dog is afraid or is surprised. Both situations cause stress for the animal who may think he is preventing an attack on himself or believes he needs to … [Read more...]

Signs You May Own An Overly Aggressive Dog and What To Do About It

There are often no easy answers when it comes to deciding what to do about a seriously aggressive dog in your household. Patricia McConnell, an applied animal behaviorist who has been working with and studying dogs for more than 25 years, advises owners of aggressive dogs to ask themselves these questions: • If your dog has injured another person, what ongoing risk does your dog pose to … [Read more...]

How To Recognize and Safely Break Up a Dog Fight

Dog attacks happen more frequently than most Ohioans may think. According to a 2015 study by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA), each year more than 4.5 million people in the United States are bitten by dogs. Of those, about one in every five people (around 800,000) need to seek medical attention for dog bites. Often times, dog attacks occur in the arena of two or more dogs … [Read more...]

If I’ve Been Bitten By a Dog Can I Have The Dog Euthanized?

Owning dogs comes with a risk that someone might be bitten. If you or a loved one were unfortunate enough to have been bitten by someone else’s dog, you have probably wondered: “What measures can I take to ensure this dog will not bite again?” or “Can I have this dog “put to sleep” so no one else gets attacked?” Who Determines If Dog Gets Euthanized Simply put, the choice is not yours. There is … [Read more...]

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