It happens to both children and adults all the time. Perhaps they’re visiting a friend, playing with their family member’s dog, or they’re simply taking a walk near someone else’s dog. In a short matter of time, a dog can feel threatened, agitated, or protective, which can lead to a painful dog bite for the victim.
Warning Signs of a Dog Bite
Of course, the best way to minimize recovery after a dog bite is to avoid the bite in the first place. This isn’t always possible, but if you can watch for the warning signs from the dog, you may be able to avoid the accident altogether. According to Doggone Safe, dogs tend to provide the following warning signs before a bite:
- A dog gets up and moves away, or simply turns his head away, from a child
- A dog looks at you with a pleading expression and you can see the whites of his eyes
- A dog yawns or licks his chops when a child is approaching or interacting with him
- A dog starts suddenly scratching, biting, or licking himself
Some of these signs are subtle and may not seem to warn of anything. If you don’t know to watch for them, you may very well approach the dog in an effort to comfort him. This is often when dog bites occur.