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How to Prevent Dog Bites

From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

All dogs are good dogs, but any dog can bite.

With 45% of US households owning a dog, chances are you know a dog, own a dog, or at least see dogs when you’re out and about. While we love our canine companions, it’s important to remember that they can bite, causing pain, injury, and even infection. Even a small bite from a tiny dog can spread germs – nearly 1 in 5 dog bites requires medical attention. Many dog bites happen at home with familiar pets, and kids are the most common victims. The good news is most dog bites are preventable. Follow our tips to safely interact with our furry friends.

  • Learn the signs 
    • Dogs can bite when they’re playing, scared, nervous, hurt or sick.
    • Don’t disturb a dog while it’s eating, sleeping, or caring for puppies.
    • Never approach an unfamiliar dog – just because it seems friendly doesn’t mean it won’t bite!
  • Keep kids safe around dogs 
    • Always supervise kids around dogs, even around familiar or trusted pets.
    • Teach kids to play gently with dogs.
    • Make sure kids know not to run around dogs or a pet a dog without permission.
  • Be a responsible pet owner
    • Train and socialize your dog.
    • Keep your dog leashed in public.
    • Take your dog to the veterinarian regularly.

For more tips on staying safe around dogs, click here.

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