National Dog Bite Prevention Week kicks off today with a Facebook Live event
Coalition panelists will also offer safety and training tips for socializing dogs; provide information on how to support shelters and animal sanctuaries struggling due to a lack of financial resources; and share dog bite injury insurance claims data for 2021.
“In 2021, the national number of dog bite injury claims was 17,989, an increase of 2.2 from 2020, with a total claim cost of $881.8 million and the average cost per claim of $49,025. The average cost per claim decreased in 2021 for the first time in 10 years, by 1.1% compared to 2020,” said Janet Ruiz, Director, Strategic Communications, Triple-I. “California, Florida and Texas had the highest number of complaints. Education and training of owners and pets is key to ensuring everyone’s safety and health.”
Triple-I offers these four tips to reduce the likelihood of a dog bite incident:
- Be a responsible parent
- Socialize your dog
- Teach your kids the basics of dog safety
- Knowing Your Dog’s Aggression Triggers (e.g. Loud Noises)
The III has an extensive library of educational videos on its Youtube channel.
SOURCE Insurance Information Institute