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May 15-21 is Dog Bite Prevention Week

dog-bite-prevention-weekAccording to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs every year in the United States.  Children are by far the most common victims, and 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.

 

Take a look at the AVMA public health website for excellent information and resources about how best to prevent dog bites and protect these vulnerable populations.  Recommendations include:

  • socialize and train your dogs
  • keep dogs leashed when in public areas
  • make sure fences and gates around yards are in good repair and that dogs can’t jump over or dig under them
  • neuter your dog
  • make sure you keep dogs up to date on rabies vaccinations
  • never approach a strange dog and teach children to do the same
  • never leave young children in an unsupervised situation with dogs
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