According to the American Humane Society, an estimated 4.7 million dog bites occur each year in the U.S. Of these, 800,000 require medical care. Most of these victims are under the age of 9. Unfortunately, kids 7 years old and younger are 66 percent more likely to experience severe injuries to the head, face and neck. The best way to prevent a dog bite is through education.
“I see many patients, both children and adults, who have been bitten by a dog,” said William T. Stoeckel, MD, plastic surgeon and owner at Wake Plastic Surgery. “It is surprising how frequently dog bites occur. We feel it is important to do what we can to help reduce the incidence of dog bites. That is why we decided to host this event,” added Stoeckel.
A dog bite can happen suddenly and unexpectedly. It can happen with a family pet or a dog that is unknown. A variety of factors can affect a dog’s tendency toward biting. Having a better understanding of dog behavior and how to safely interact with them can prevent unwanted scars or disfigurement.
"With more than 43 million U.S. homes estimated to have dogs in the family, bites are going to happen,” said Vanessa Budnick, Humane Educator and Grants Manager at SPCA. “The hope is to educate people so that it happens less often, which keeps people and dogs safe," added Budnick.
The event will be held at Wake Plastic Surgery’s Cary, NC office located at 300 Keisler Drive, Suite 102, Cary, NC 27518. Those interested in attending the event are urged to reserve a seat as soon as possible by calling (919) 805-3441.
Wake Plastic Surgery is Cary, North Carolina’s premier center for plastic surgery and aesthetic services. Headed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. William T. Stoeckel, Wake Plastic Surgery is committed to understanding the surgical and aesthetic goals of each patient as well as providing superior personalized attention. Dedicated to providing dramatic yet conservative results, Wake Plastic Surgery promises each patient a comfortable and enjoyable experience with respect for patient privacy and safety. Dr. Stoeckel has extensive experience in cosmetic procedures of the face, breast and body. In addition to cosmetic surgery, Wake Plastic Surgery also offers its patients a full-service medi-spa. For more information or to schedule a consultation, visit http://www.wakeplasticsurgery.com or call 919-805-3441.
Founded in Raleigh in 1967, the SPCA is dedicated to creating a more humane community through pet adoption, education and spay/neuter advocacy. For more information on the SPCA, call 772-2326 or visit http://www.spcawake.org.
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