Dog Bite Prevention Tips from American Humane and the American Veterinary Medical Association


As Dog Bite Prevention Week comes to a close (though May 22). Here some tips from the American Humane Association:
To prevent dog bites, adults should teach children:
•    Never approach an unknown dog or a dog that is alone without an owner, and always ask the owner’s permission before petting the dog.
•    Never approach an injured animal — go find an adult who can get it the help it needs.
•    Never approach a dog that is eating, sleeping, nursing or has something it likes, such as a bone or toy.
•    Don’t poke, hit, pull, pinch or tease a dog — the dog may not realize you’re just playing.
•    Don’t chase or run from a dog.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Veterinary Medical Association, in the United States this happens:
•    Every 40 seconds, someone seeks medical attention for a dog-bite-related injury.
•    Children under 15 make up approximately 70 percent of all dog-bite victims.
•    Almost two-thirds of dog-bite injuries happen to children age 4 years and younger are to the head or neck region.

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