02 Apr Dog Bites Can Be Prevented
According to the CDC (data collected in the USA between 2001-2003) 350,000 dog bite victims are seen in emergency rooms, and approximately 850,000 victims receive medical attention. In the last year 39 dog fatalities happened in the US. However, dog bites can be prevented. Whether you own a dog or have children, here are some tips to keep everyone safer.
Teach You Children Basic Dog Safety!
- Never approach an unfamiliar dog, especially one who’s tied or confined behind a fence or a car.
- Never turn your back and run away from a dog. Don’t scream, try to remain calm.
- Be still like a tree. When approached by an unfamiliar dog, remain motionless with your hands at your sides. Do not make eye contact with any dog.
- Be still like a log. If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and lie still with your hands over your ears.
- Never play with a dog unless supervised by an adult. Do not tease or chase any dog,
- Do not disturb a dog who is sleeping, eating or caring for puppies.
- Do not pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first.
- If bitten, immediately report the bite to an adult.
Tips for dog owners:
- Dogs with a history of aggression are not appropriate for households with children.
- If your child seems fearful or apprehensive about a dog, it is probably wise to delay bringing one into your home.
- Spend time with a dog before buying or adopting it. Use caution when bringing a dog or puppy into the home of an infant or toddler. Never leave infants or young children alone with any dog.
- Spay/neuter your dog; this frequently reduces aggressive tendencies.
- Properly socialize and train your dog. Teach the dog submissive behaviors such as rolling over to expose its abdomen and relinquishing food without growling.
- Do not play aggressive games with your dog, like wrestling or tug-of-war.
If your dog does bite, take responsible actions:
- Confine your dog immediately. Check on the victim and seek medical attention.
- Provide the victim with important information, such as the date of your dog’s last rabies vaccination.
- Cooperate with animal control official. Strictly follow any quarantine requirements.
- Seek professional help to prevent your dog from biting again. Consult with your veterinarian, who may refer you to an animal behaviorist or a dog trainer. Your community animal control agency or humane society may also offer helpful services.