The AVMA designates the third week of May every year as National Dog Bite Prevention Week in an effort to reduce the dog bites suffered by 4.5 million people in the U.S. every year. "Understanding how dogs behave and how to behave around dogs could save countless people from the serious physical and emotional consequences of a dog bite," says AVMA President Dr. Douglas Aspros. It's important for the general public to understand how to stay safe around dogs, but owners benefit, too, because lawsuits after bites can take a major financial toll. The AVMA offers tips to help people interpret dog behavior and prevent bites.

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