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Dog Bites: 7 Health Facts and Precautions

It can happen when you least expect it—your neighbor’s dog nips your finger, or worse. While most dog bites aren’t too serious on the surface, there are precautions that should be taken following a bite to prevent further illness.

It’s important to seek medical attention following a canine bite, as there could be more damage than you think. Remember, it’s not just the big dogs that bite, and it’s not always in situations where the animal is provoked. Here are seven facts about dog bites to chew on…

1. Dog Bites are the Most Common Animal Bite

According to MedicineNet.com, dog bites account for more than 90-percent of all (reported) animal bites. How many dog bites is that exactly? According to the source, people are bitten by a dog 4.5-million times every year in the U.S.

While many of the wounds are superficial, quite a few of them require more than bandages and antiseptic solutions. The source notes that of the total number of bites, 27,000-victims require reconstructive surgery.

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