Dog Bite Prevention Week: Why Does It Matter?

May 18th, 2015

Often, there are times when we wonder how and why a day or an entire week has become nationally dedicated to a single person, a historical event or even to a dog’s bite. We decided to do a little digging as to why May 17th – 23rd (the third week of May) of this year is National Dog Bite Prevention Week.

Unfortunately, after some research (read: google), we were not able to figure out the origins of the awareness event, but we do understand why the American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA), the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the United States Postal Service (USPS) would all galvanize support for such a week: dog bites are one of the nation’s most common health problems. What a better way to understand just how common dog bites are than with an infograph by the AVMA:

 

 

Dog Bites by the Numbers

 

After looking at the facts, it is clear as to why there is a dedicated week to raising awareness on how to prevent dog bites. For a great video on how to avoid dog bites, click here or check out this fantastic poster both by Dr. Sophia Yin.

Staying informed is the best prevention! Browse our other articles and blog posts here.