Dog bites can seriously affect your health and cause severe medical bills. Dog bites can happen from strays and dogs you’ve previously had interactions with before. This kind of personal injury can happen suddenly and seemingly at the worst times.
If you live in an area where there’s a high chance of suffering from a dog bite, it may help to protect yourself. Here’s what you should know:
Don’t pet dogs without asking for permission
It’s important to ask dog owners whether you can pet their dogs. The owner may reveal that their dog tends to interact poorly with others. By asking before you pet a stranger’s dog, you may avoid a serious injury.
Keep a safe distance from dogs that growl
Dogs often indicate whether they are friendly or not by growling. If you notice a dog growling, it can help to keep your distance. However, some dogs don’t indicate whether they are aggressive and can suddenly snap.
Don’t run from a dog
If a stray or loose dog notices you, you should consider moving away slowly. Running might indicate to the dog that you’re playing and they may start chasing you. While some people can outrun dogs, there’s a chance that a dog could catch and injure you.
Carry animal-safe pepper spray
Finally, you can’t be too cautious. You could carry animal-safe pepper spray that should help deter aggressive dogs. Many people use animal-safe pepper spray as a last resort.
If you’re injured by a dog and are left with unpaid medical bills, it may help to understand your legal rights to get compensated.