I was at a park this weekend to enjoy the sun and play frisbee with my girlfriend. Natural for a sunny day, there were hundreds of dogs at the park enjoying the weather and playing catch with their owners. The dogs varied in size, breed, and tenacity! I love all dogs but it would be silly to say that all dogs are friendly to humans. At the very least, even the most friendly dog in the world can turn nasty under specific circumstances.

I was lucky to not experience or see any accidents involving a dog bite, nor have I ever been bitten by a dog any other time in my life, but I know that it is something that happens occasionally. What I didn’t know, however, was just how serious dog bites can get.

I turned to research this issue when I couldn’t stop thinking about the ferocity of some of the dogs at the park. The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee offer some really great insight into what can happen after a dog bites you in addition to some statistics on dog bite prevalence among different dog breeds.

The injuries associated with dog bites are pretty generally associated with the location or part of the body that a dog bites. For example, eye injuries would really only occur if the dog bites your face and the same goes for neck injuries. However, some injuries are pretty universal such as nerve damage, puncture wounds, and disfigurement.

The most concerning injury listed on The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee website, to me, was amputation. I can’t imagine how my view of puppies and dogs would change if I were to lose a foot, hand, leg, or arm to a dog bite.

Now, for sure, there are instances where my actions could potentially influence the dog bite. An example would be if I were to make the dog feel unsafe with my body language or rubbing on the dog in a way it didn’t like.

For me, however, the scariest part is that sometimes dogs can just flip a switch and go from completely friendly to connecting with their primitive canine instincts. Not knowing when it is safe or not is pretty terrifying to worrywart like myself.

From The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee website, it appears that pit bulls and Rottweilers are the most common type of dog to become involved in dog bite incidents. However, there are tons of dog breeds that bite humans and can cause injuries, so don’t become irrationally afraid of one type over another.

Instead, you should follow some of the advice I found online about how to prevent dog bites and dog bite injuries. First and foremost, exercise common sense and keep a distance from dogs that seem afraid or dangerous. Always ask your friends what you should know before petting their dogs. And especially be careful with the amount of interaction you allow between dogs and small children or babies. The intensity of injuries caused by a dog bite is far higher for populations as vulnerable as young kids.