The National Canine Research Council recently released the following information on dog-bite related fatalities:
In December 2013, The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) published the most comprehensive multifactorial study of dog bite-related fatalities (DBRFs) to be completed since the subject was first studied in the 1970’s. It is based on investigative techniques not previously employed in dog bite or DBRF studies and identified a significant co-occurrence of multiple potentially preventable factors.
Experts have for decades recommended a range of ownership and husbandry practices to reduce the number of dog bite injuries. This new JAVMA paper confirms the multifaceted approach to dog bite prevention recommended by previous studies , as well as by organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
The trend in prevention of dog bites continues to shift in favor of multifactorial approaches focusing on improved ownership and husbandry practices, better understanding of dog behavior, education of parents and children regarding safety around dogs, and consistent enforcement of dangerous dog/reckless owner ordinances in communities.
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