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How to Prevent the 4.5 MILLION Dog Bites That Occur Every Year (Infographic)

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The dog is sitting quietly in front of a desk.

While having a dog can bring a lot of joy to your life, you still run the risk of having your pup snap at you or others.

Indeed, 4.5 million dog bites occur a year, with approximately 27,000 having to endure reconstructive surgery and on average costing $28,035 for insurers for a dog bit claim, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Related: Snips, Snaps and Snarls: 5 Tips to Help Prevent Dog-on-Dog Aggression

In lieu of it being Dog Bite Prevention Week, we wanted to give you a little bit of breakdown of dog bites and how you can prevent them with two handy infographics.

dogbiteinfographic

From AVMA

Here are the signs you need to watch out for to prevent dog bites.

STOP THE 77 poster

Image via Stop 77

Featured image Flickr/Albert Leung

By Andrea Huspeni

Andrea Huspeni is the founder and CEO of This Dog's Life. Her mission it to help dogs live a happier, healthier and longer life. When she isn't working, she spends time with her two dogs, Lola and Milo. She resides in Brooklyn, NY.

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