Surgeons say parents must prepare children for contact with dogs

Physicians at UNC Children's have noted an increase in the number of cases involving dogs and harm to children. With dogs being a part of many families, parents should take steps to prevent injuries from dog bites.

In 2015 there were almost twice as many cases of severe dog bite injuries than had been recorded at UNC Children's in 2014. Some of these injuries can cause life-altering damage, and even death in the most severe cases. 

With that in mind, pediatric surgeons at UNC Children's along with researchers from the N.C. State University College of Veterinary Medicine offer advice to parents and dog owners on how to prevent these attacks. Parents should teach children how to behave around dogs, and dog owners should take care to avoid dogs interacting with children in a high-risk situation.

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