The stray dog menace is not limited to the city’s outskirts. Within the city, close to 300 cases of dog bites are reported everyday, shows data from government and private hospitals.
According to data from Balrampur Hospital on antirabies vaccination (ARV) against animal bites, there has been a 25% increase in such cases from 2016 to 2018.
Of all cases of animal bites in a year, 99% are from dogs.
In 2016 at Balrampur Hospital, 16,173 ARV were administered. In 2017, the number was 21,236.
This year, from January to mid-May, close to 9,000 ARV cases have been taken up at Balrampur Hospital.
On a given day, the hospital deals with 300 cases of dog bite daily. Of these, 150 are fresh cases and the remaining are follow-ups, said Balrampur Hospital director Dr Rajeev Lochan.
At Civil Hospital, 50 ARV cases come in everyday on an average. Another 50 are follow-up cases, said medical superintendent Dr Ashutosh Dubey.
At various private medical facilities where ARV is available, another 100 cases of dog bite are reported on an average daily.
This brings the figure to 300 fresh cases of dog bites in the city everyday.
The incidents are reported from various residential areas. Children are mostly targets of stray animals.
ARV constitutes four injection shots. The first is given on the day of the attack, followed by three others on the seventh, 14th and 21st days.
“A fifth shot is given on the 28th day from the attack if the dog has died,” said Nisha Tiwari, chief pharmacist at the ARV cell at Balrampur Hospital.
Using water is safe and unharmful. It doesn’t hurt. This is one quick way of repelling dogs that you might be afraid of or that may seem unusually aggressive.
What words were effective in this situation?
It took several tries, but the dogs did eventually listen. These may not work in all cases, especially for stray dogs.
People alone without any defense are most vulnerable to a dog attack, especially elderly victims. Carry a walking stick or cane with you when you go on walks.
Many dogs retreat at the sound of loud noises. At the dog park here in town, many dog owners and trainers wear whistles around their necks in the event a fight breaks out. It has been a proven technique for stopping dogs before they get out of control.
There’s something to be said about milk bones. The smell of a treat makes them forget why they were charging on you.
When dogs attack, they can strike any part of your body. Most commonly, they will go after one of two places. Bigger dogs will most likely strike for your face and neck. Smaller dogs will go after ankles and toes. Some dogs go after fingers.
Learn to protect yourself against a charging dog.
A person that is walking down the street or jogging may not have much time to assess the situation at hand before a dog strikes. Here are some strategies for protecting your body as much as possible.
Practice being in this situation before venturing out so that you will be comfortable using these techniques if you ever find yourself in this situation.
In these days when dog attacks are so aggressively talked about in the news, we can’t ignore the fact that we can’t sit back and wait for the next attack to have something to talk about. We need to be pro-active and know how to react if it does happen.
Be the change,
God bless you…