Legal Steps to Take When Bitten By a Dog

Nearly every year about 4 million people in the United States are bitten or attacked by a dog. This kind of case falls under the tort law category, which covers personal injury law. Ohio dog bite laws can become complicated depending on state, county and city, regulations and laws. So, you’ll want to consult with an attorney regarding the facts of the case and possible recourse. If you or a … [Read more...]

What to do if your dog is banned from your homeowner insurance policy

If you think regular trips to the vet are getting expensive, you may be even more surprised to find out your dog is blacklisted by your homeowner’s insurance company. This is the pooch who doesn’t even bark when a stranger comes to the door and yet the policy may refer to your beloved canine as an “excluded” or “prohibited breed,” an “aggressive dog” or a “dangerous dog.” How is this … [Read more...]

Contact The Authorities About Most Dog Bite Incidents

Should a person call the police after being attacked by a dog? Yes, unless the bite has caused very superficial damage which can be treated by simple first aid. Depending on the circumstances, it can still be a good idea to report the incident within 24 hours to local animal officials as you may not be the first person the dog has bitten and the owner may need to be informed about the dog’s … [Read more...]

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...]

Can Dogs Smell Fear?

If you are afraid of a strange or aggressive dog and you approach it in a fearful manner—your breathing could be elevated, you may be sweating and hormones may be surging through your body—but can that dog smell your fear? Most animal experts believe a dog cannot literally “smell fear.” They theorize that humans give dogs stronger reasons to bite than odor. The New York Times Science … [Read more...]

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...]

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