Dog bite attacks are more common than people realize and often leave the victim with severe injuries that may become infected and lead to their death.

To prevent possible future dog bites and attacks, Henness & Haight’s dedicated Las Vegas dog bite attorneys have provided these safety tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

If you have a violent interaction with a dog that results in it biting or injuring you, our experienced personal injury attorneys in Las Vegas will help you file a claim against the at-fault party.

Tips to Safely Interact With Dogs

You should always be careful around each dog you interact with. Each year in the U.S., more than 4.5 million people are bitten by a dog and nearly one in five of these victims requires medical attention.

There are certain actions and behaviors you can do that could help keep you safe and prevent you from being bitten when approached by an unfamiliar or aggressive dog, such as:

  • Remaining motionless
  • Immediately letting others know when you see a stray or a familiar dog acting strangely or aggressively
  • Acting dominant and using a deep, firm voice when speaking to the dog
  • Remaining calm
  • Standing at an angle so you are not directly facing the dog
  • Avoiding making eye contact with the dog
  • Waiting until the dog is at a safe distance to slowly back away, if you are able

While these actions may help keep you safe from an aggressive dog, you should also refrain from:

  • Approaching an unfamiliar dog
  • Running from a hostile dog
  • Panicking or making loud noises
  • Disturbing a dog that is sleeping or eating
  • Placing yourself between a female dog and her puppies
  • Attempting to pet a dog before you allow it to sniff you first
  • Encouraging your dog to play or behave aggressively

What to Do if You are Attacked or Bitten by a Dog

If these preventative actions fail and you are attacked by a dog, you should:

  • Use your bag, purse or jacket as prot