Health Tip: Preventing Dog Bites

What to teach your children

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(HealthDayNews) -- Between 500,000 and 1 million people require medical attention for dog bites each year in the United States and, on average, 12 people die each year from dog bites.

Children are especially vulnerable and account for more than 60 percent of all dog-bite victims, says the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Never leave a baby or small child alone with a dog. Teach young children to be careful around pets and emphasize that they must not approach strange dogs. They should be instructed to ask for permission from a dog's owner before petting the animal.

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