With Easter approaching, if your kids are begging for their own bunny, remember that rabbits aren't a holiday toy. They're a pet and a long-term commitment. You may be caring for that rabbit long after your kids have left for (and maybe graduated from) college.
A study conducted by Contemporary Pediatrics in 2011 revealed that as many as four million dog bites are reported each year in the United States. A significant number of the victims are kids. Researchers also found that while physical scars tend to heal, children who suffer dog bites often struggle with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), something that can affect their emotional, social and academic growth for a lifetime.
According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, animal bites are a leading public health concern. They can cause a victim serious injuries, disfigurement and psychological trauma. If left untreated, an individual who is bitten may develop both bacterial and viral infections resulting in their death.
As you begin planning your children's Halloween activities, it's important to take the time to talk to them about how to behave when they encounter dogs -- whether they'll be trick-or-treating that night or going to someone's home for a party.
When an animal bites, it's something that you may not be expecting. Maybe you were just walking down the street when it happened, or you were visiting friends. Whatever the case may be, when you get attacked, there is no easy way to handle the situation.
Animals have an irreplaceable role by our sides. Domesticated pets are a big part of how young people learn to value life and adults' network of stress-relieving companions. So when poor training or an aggressive disposition make an animal dangerous to us, it is often unexpected and difficult to get past.
California is the most populous state in the nation for humans and dogs alike. The huge majority of canine friends are safe around people, and bad experiences between people and dogs are very rare. This is partially why dogs are the most popular pet here.
A couple of months ago, we wrote a post about the number of fatal dog bite incidents that occurred in the United States in 2016. In that post, we remarked about the incredible prevalence of pit bulls in these fatalities, as 71 percent of the dog bite fatalities that happened in 2016 involved pit bulls. Well, the 2017 numbers are in, and they aren't any better.
Many television viewers in the Bay Area will recognize Veronica De La Cruz, a staple on the KPIX local news hour and "Bay Area Nightbeat." She has a 4-year-old son, and recently when they were visiting a family friend, De La Cruz's son was mauled by the friend's dog. The dog's breed is a rarer one, called a Catahoula cur. These dogs routinely weigh in around 40 to 90 pounds, and they are usually around two feet tall. In other words, these are bigger, more powerful dogs.
31 people were killed in the United States in 2016 due to a dog attack. What is amazing about that statistic is that of those fatal dog attacks, 22 of them occurred with a pit bull. That means 71 percent of the fatal dog bites in the country were done by pit bulls, even though this breed only makes up 6 percent of the population.