make up 60 percent of the 4.7 million bitten by dogs each year.
Dog bite attacks occur year round and can be harmful and sometimes
Plastic surgeons, certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery,
repair thousands of children injuries from dog attacks. The American
Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) notes that children who are
attacked by dogs are frequently bitten on the face, which can
result in serve lacerations, infection or scarring. Because children
are still growing, plastic surgeons take special care when repairing
the skin and tissue on an injured child’s face. They also provide
added assurance that the wound will heal properly, with as inconspicuous
a scar as possible.
The ASPS has developed the “Beware the Bite!” outreach program
to educate the public about the issue of dog bites and how to
prevent them. Find the “Beware the Bite!” safety tips for parents
children, and dog owners at www.plasticsurgery.org
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