Dog Bite Prevention Week

Dog Bite Prevention Week is the last week in May, but it is not something that should only be thought about only once a year. We should be proactive about preventing dog bites year round.

Did you know that…

4.7 million people in this country are bitten by dogs every year children are by far the most common victims
 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites each year
children are far more likely to be severely injured; approximately 400,000 receive medical attention every year
most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs
senior citizens are the second most common dog bite victims

What does this mean to you? Here are some tips from the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) to keep yourself and your family safe.

Don’t be impulsive when adding a new dog to the family – do some research. Consult your veterinarian for advice about breed and temperament selection.
Begin socializing your new dog immediately. Teach simple commands, such as “sit”, “stay” “no” and “come”. Make sure the new dog interacts withchildren, adults, and other animals.
Expose the new pooch to exercise with frequent walks. Games are fine too, but avoid ones like wrestling or tug-a-war, which can quickly become outlets for aggression.
Teach your dog how to walk on a leash in public. A dog owner must be able to control his or her dog, especially when encountering another person or animal.
Get your dog spayed or neutered and keep him or her up to date on wellness exams, vaccinations, and parasite control. A healthy pet feels better and is more likely to behave better. And that makes for a happier family.

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