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Why Do Dogs Attack?

Personal Injury Lawyer

Every dog has the capacity to bite, and bite hard. Even the most seemingly friendly and social animal may attack someone with or without warning. Victims of dog bites may have physical wounds, pain, infection, and fear or shock. It is important to get medical treatment for a dog bite that breaks through the skin, as there is a risk of infection from the bacteria present in the animal’s mouth. Victims of dog attacks may wonder, why do dogs bite anyway? 

Dog bites happen because no matter how trained or friendly the owner proclaims their pet is, at the end of the day, they are still animals. Aggression in particular is prevalent among canines and can pose a serious health risk for the general public. When a dog attacks, it’s often in response to a situation or stimuli, such as:

  • Feeling threatened by an item, sound, or person
  • Being suddenly startled or stressed
  • Defending their owner or territory
  • Protecting an item of value (ex: toys or food)
  • Getting carried away with playing behaviors
  • In response to being ill or injured

The damage that dog bites can do to the human body are serious, and should be treated with a sense of urgency. Common bite injuries may include soft tissue wounds, punctures, lacerations, dislocated joints, broken bones, disfigurement, and scarring. As our personal injury lawyer friends from Greenspan & Greenspan P.C. can attest, victims may also suffer fom rabies, infection, and mental health challenges. A dog exhibiting aggressive behaviors is scary enough, so when someone actually gets bit, they are likely to develop fears, anxieties, and PTSD.

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