Dog Bite Prevention Week: Protect Your Loved Ones From Dog Bits With These Safety Tips
May 20th through the 26th is known as Dog Bit Prevention Week.
Did you know that 4.7 million people in this country are bitten by dogs every year? Or how about that 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites every year?
Many American households contain a dog, and although dog biters can occur, there are a number of things you can do to avoid dog bites from happening. The following is information from the American Veterinary Medical Foundation on how to prevent dog bites.
As an owner, what are you supposed to do?
1. It is important to socialize your pet when it is a young puppy. This will make them feel more comfortable around other dogs and people.
2. Train you dog with the basic commands of "sit", "stay", "no", and "come".
3. Use a leash in public to ensure you have complete control over your dog.
4. Neuter your pet.
5. If you have a backyard, make sure there are no holes for your dog to get out and all gates are secure.
Ways to avoid dog bites
1. Do not approach an unfamiliar dog
2. Don't allow children to play with a dog unless an adult supervises them
3. Don't stare directly into a dog's eye. This direct contact can make them feel threatened
4. Don't disturb a dog while it is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies
5. Allow the dog to see and sniff you before you pet it
6. Teach your children to be careful around dogs. When they know the safety tips too, their chances of being bitten is significantly decreased.
The majority of the time, a dog bites because it is trying to protect itself. When we practice these safety tips, dogs are able to feel more comfortable around other people. If a bite does occur, make sure to seek out medical attention if needed. Make sure you have Ca health insurance so you are able to receive the proper care if needed.