Ask a Vet: Preventing Dog Bites
National Dog Bite Prevention Week is May 18-24, 2014
Dog Bite Prevention
- Each year, more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs.
- Every year, more than 800,000 people receive medical attention for dog bites; at least half of them are children. Children are, by far, the most common victims of dog bites and are far more likely to be severely injured.
- 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.
- Dogs usually bite because they are scared.
Remember, ANY dog can bite in the right situation
Situations to avoid:
- There are many things you can do to avoid dog bites, ranging from properly training and socializing your pet to educating your children on how - or if - they should approach a dog.
- Disturbing them while, eating, sleeping, playing with a toy or nursing their pups.
- Don’t run, jump, horse play if you don’t know the dog
- Don’t reach into a crate, or fence to pet the dog.
Body Posture that indicates a Dog may bite:
- Stiff body
- Ears back
- Raised paw
- Licking lips
- Looking away or staring
- Backing away
- Tail tucked
- Showing whites of eyes
- Crouching, head down
- Growling, snapping means BACK OFF!!
CAUTION: Never leave a baby or child alone with a dog.
For more information: American Veterinary Medical Association www.avma.org
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov/in
My name is Tim McGraw and I am a neutered male- brown tabby Domestic SH / Mix.
The shelter staff thinks I am about 10 months old.
I have been at the shelter since May 2, 2014.
For more information, call
(352)264-6870 or visit