How To Halt An Attacking Dog

The Law Offices of Halkides, Morgan, and KelleyAccording to the Center for Disease Control an estimated 4.7 million dog bites occur in the U.S. each year and of that nearly 800,000 dog bites require medical care. If not properly taken care of, canine bite-related wounds can be one of the most hazardous animal bites. Every year many pass away because of rabies contracted from dog bites. Many might disregard the seriousness of such animal bites thinking they are not dangerous and can easily be treated by simply cleansing the wound and applying a topical medication on it. Many make the mistake of ignoring the severeness of such bites thinking they are not critical and can be treated by simply cleansing the wound and applying a topical medication on it. What they might be unaware of is that this kind of injury could lead to a life-threatening infection, disability, disfigurement or even loss of life.

There are a number of ways to evade an attacking dog. One way is to keep a safe distance between yourself and the dog. Another effective way is to avoid provoking the hound to attack you. If you find yourself in such a situation, slowly pull back and walk away. However, there may come a time when you will find yourself in this scenario, no matter how careful you are.  It’s times like these when having an animal repellent where you can easily get at it is beneficial.

Animal repellents such as dog pepper spray are used for preventing confrontations with animals such as dogs. It comes in a container that fits right inside your pocket or purse. For more convenience and ease of use, you can even fasten it to your belt or key chain. There are several benefits of using defense sprays. Its effects are instant once you spray it on the angry hound. The effects last long enough for you to put some distance between you and the threatening mongrel. Because the pepper spray will cause so much irritation and distress, the dog will shift its attention from you to coping with the pain. If you are an animal lover, there is no need to worry as these chemicals do not cause permanent or severe injury to the animal. The effects will eventually disappear, typically within half an hour. One more reason why this type of repellent is so popular is because it is legal to use anywhere in the United States, as long as  you are using it for self defense purposes. Always check with your local law enforcement regarding pepper spray, because there may be restrictions in some areas.

What is the difference between human pepper spray and dog pepper spray? The pepper resins in dog pepper spray are not as strong as the ones in the human edition. The amount of pepper resin present in this type dog repellent is typically less than half of the pepper resin in human spray. In emergency cases, you may use a human pepper spray on an attacking dog, but not a dog pepper spray on attacking criminals because it will be ineffective.

Bear deterrent pepper spray is another type of animal repellent spray. Bear spray is used by hikers campers, fishers, forestry workers, and other people who work or recreate outdoors. People pepper spray is not the same as bear pepper spray. Only EPA approved bear sprays may be sold as deterrents against bears and have specific minimum requirements that must be met.

It’s possible that one day even an animal lover will need protection from an aggressive mutt. By nature, all animals can be unpredictable, so never underestimate a their capacity to injure you. Using an animal repellent like dog pepper spray is not only effective, but it is also an animal-friendly way to safeguard you and your loved ones from potential animal attacks.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of a dog attack, please call The Law Offices of Halkides, Morgan, and Kelley for professional legal advice. 530.221.8150

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