Friday, 13 February 2015

Don’t take needless chances with dog-baby photos with Pit Bull Type Dogs.

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Don’t take needless chances with dog-baby photos

By Dr. DARA JOHNS / Daily News columnist
Published: Monday, September 1, 2014

In September 2000, the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association published an article detailing a study of the breeds of dogs involved in human fatal attacks.

The authors obtained their data by contacting the Humane Society of the United States. The HSUS maintains a data base of dog bite-related fatalities. The study accumulated data from 1979 to 1996.

Results showed that certain breeds were more likely to cause dog bite related fatalities.

Highest on the list were pit bulls with 66 fatal incidents recorded. Second highest were Rottweilers with 39 incidents.

German Shepherds came in at 17 and Husky-type dogs were 15. Doberman Pinchers had nine recorded dog bite fatalities and Chow Chows had eight. Great Danes and Saint Bernards each had seven to their name over the 17-year period.

The Center for Disease Control says that roughly 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Of those bitten, about 885,000 require medical attention, and half of those requiring medical attention are children.

I bring this up because I have been seeing way too many “cute” pictures on the Internet of little babies lying around with really big dogs.

Even medium-size dogs can do a lot of damage, but when you put a little defenseless child up next to an animal with incredibly strong jaws and sharp teeth, you are taking needless chances.

Dogs are not human and are not bound by the same code of ethics that humans are. One may never know what might trigger a dog to snap. Even if a dog is not intentionally trying to injure a child, rough play can cause a lot of damage.

In my profession, we see a lot of dogs that we are cautious around. Many dogs that may snap if provoked get a muzzle so that we do not have to worry about being bitten while we are performing our exam.

Probably half or more of the dogs we muzzle are less than 20 pounds. They can do a lot of damage with their teeth even if they can’t cause bite-related fatalities.

Little dogs can severe nerves and tear muscle. Bite wounds are dirty and easily get infected and cause secondary scarring and long term pain.

Little children playing games might chase a dog, big or little, into a corner. The dog, feeling threatened, could lash out and do permanent damage to the child.

That is bad enough, but when you lay a baby down with a huge dog, you are putting that baby’s life in the hands of an animal. There is absolutely nothing reasonable about that.