Increase in the number of dog bite victims

The National Health Servicea��s A�statistics are that hospital A&E Departments are treating 3800 patients a year who have suffered dog bites, and this figure does not include dog bite victims who attend for treatment at their local doctorsa�� medical centres.

The NHS statistics show that in recent years there has been an increase in the number of people attending hospital casualty departments because they have suffered a dog bite injury, and the hospitals in GreaterA� London have seen the largest increase in patients.A� Children under 9 years are most likely to require inpatient treatment at hospital, and the next largest age group is teenagers.A� Dog bite wounds can result in scarring, and in severe cases can unfortunately be fatal.

There are more than 8 million dogs in the UK and more than 200 different breeds of dog.A� Only 4 breeds of dog are banned in England and Wales under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991: fila Brasileiro, Japanese tosa, pit bull terrier and dogo Argentino.

Canine experts advise that in most cases the reason for a dog being aggressive is the doga��s past experiences, such as how the dog has been brought up, whether it has been properly socialized and given structured training in acceptable behaviour.A� If the doga��s past experiences are abuse and neglect the dog is more likely to suffer anxiety and display fear related aggression towards people.A� On the other hand, responsible dog owners are more likely to have taken seriously their doga��s welfare and not neglected the mental well-being of their dog or mistreated their dog.

Pet insurance is now more widely available, providing insurance cover for vetsa�� bills, and also third party liability if a dog does cause personal injury through an accident or aggression.