National Dog Bite Prevention Week

Nearly 77 million nice dogs…but any dog can bite

National Dog Bite Prevention Week® takes place during the second full week of April each year, and focuses on educating people about preventing dog bites. The dates in 2021 are April 11-17.

With an estimated population of nearly 77 million dogs living in U.S. households, millions of people—most of them children—are bitten by dogs every year. The majority of these bites, if not all, are preventable.

  • In 2017 there were nearly 350,000 people treated at hospital emergency rooms for non-fatal dog-related injuries.
  • Of those people, there were nearly 10,600 children two years old or younger who visited emergency rooms as a result of dog bites​.
  • In 2018, insurers paid $675 million in claims related to dog bites, according to estimates from the Insurance Information Institute.

Take this opportunity to learn more about dog bite prevention and help educate others so we can all work together to prevent dog bites.

Observe National Dog Bite Prevention Week® on social media

Veterinarians: Bring dog bite prevention education to your clinic and community

  • AVMA members: Use our dog bite prevention toolkit to celebrate National Dog Bite Prevention Week® in your clinic. Free materials in the toolkit include downloadable client handouts, posters, social media tips and more.
  • AVMA's report, A Community Approach to Dog Bite Prevention (PDF), highlights tangible steps that veterinarians can take alongside state and local leaders to implement effective dog bite prevention programs in their community.

National Dog Bite Prevention Week® is a project of the National Dog Bite Prevention Week® Coalition.​​​

AVMA Member Toolkit

Get ready-to-use materials to celebrate National Dog Bite Prevention Week® in your clinic.

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DBPW Infographic 2020