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Reducing the odds of being bitten by a dog

Dogs living in Iowa or any other state can be prone to biting. Statistically, about one in every five bites requires medical attention, and infection can be just as big of a concern as the pain a bit can cause. To reduce the odds of a dog biting someone, a prospective dog owner should select one that fits his or her home and lifestyle.

It is important to know that a dog should be transitioned slowly into a new home as it could be stressed by its new surroundings. Humans should learn the warning signs that a dog is stressed such as licking its lips or yawning while being hugged or having its tail pulled. Pets owners and their family members should take training classes that will help the dog and its humans interact properly with each other.

Those who encounter a dog that isn't theirs should ask permission before petting it or otherwise touching it. If a dog approaches that is not on a leash, it is best to simply stand still until the dog passes by. Young children should never be allowed to be alone with a dog no matter how calm or trustworthy it has been in the past. This is because children are more likely than adults to be bitten by a dog.

If a dog bites someone, it could cause serious injury to the victim. An injured victim may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit against the owner of the animal. Through a settlement or formal court action, victims might receive compensation for their medical bills, lost wages or lost future earnings. Future medical bills and other damages such as those for emotional trauma may also be included in any settlement or jury award a victim receives.

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