Almost everyone loves dogs. We show our love by sharing cute videos of dogs on our Facebook pages or following famous pets on Instagram. Most dog lovers also own dogs and love them like their pets are their children.
However, there is always a chance our favorite furry friends may resort to a bite. But why would a dog bite you, especially in a friendly situation?
It’s very unlikely a dog will bite a person spontaneously; usually, there is a reason behind the action. Some of the most common causes include:
No matter what the reason, animal bites still happen. Luckily, knowing the reasons help people prevent threatening dogs accidentally and getting bit.
For example, receive permission from an animal’s owner before approaching. The owner knows their pet’s behavior towards strangers. If your child wants to approach the animal, teach them to ask permission and let the dog come to them. It increases the chance of a friendly encounter.
Also, analyze the dog’s body language – just like you would do with a new person. If they are hunching, showing teeth or barking, it isn’t safe to a pet that specific dog. Again, reiterate this point to your children to prevent any incidents.
However, a dog may bite you even if you take the right steps. If you or a loved one is bitten, gather the owner’s information and immediately clean the wound with soap and water. Then, you need to contact a healthcare professional to see if you need any shots or follow-up treatments.
If you have costly medical bills or lost wages due to the injury, consider seeking action against the dog’s owner. According to California law, owners are strictly liable for bite-related injuries. But you will need the owner’s information and evidence of the animal bite.