It’s National Dog Bite Prevention Week

It’s National Dog Bite Prevention WeekDid you know there are an estimated 70 million dogs living in U.S. households? And that millions of people, most of them children, are bitten by dogs every year. The majority of these bites are preventable.

The Insurance Information Institute estimates that in 2013, insurers across the country paid over $483 million in dog bite claims. In NY State in 2014 there were 910 dog bite claims with an average cost of $56,626 per claim. These claims are not only for dog bites. They include dogs knocking down children, cyclists and senior citizens.

There are things we all can do to prevent dog bites. Visit https://www.avma.org/Events/pethealth/Pages/Dog-Bite-Prevention-Week.aspx to learn the many things you can to avoid dog bites. This includes how to properly train and socialize your pet to educating your children and others on how or if they should approach a dog. There are plenty of videos to watch with your family. We’ve provided one here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNsRYCshCjM&list=PLMszZOQAqfuVriBrbJxQdGzeoIq0d_G22&index=9

We all consider our dogs a member of the family. And want everyone to be safe. For your insurance coverage needs, contact Allan Block Insurance Agency.