In honor of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s annual Dog Bite Prevention Week, I wanted to share some helpful resources on dog bite prevention.

Dog-bite injuries are at epidemic levels – almost 5 million per year across the country – and local animal control agencies simply cannot keep up with this level of activity. I’ve noticed more and more dog owners taking less responsibility for the actions of their dogs. Click here to read my letter to the editor in the Thousand Oaks Acorn on the subject.

“Dogs are our best friends, providing love, comfort and protection, but it’s up to us humans to be good friends to them as well by protecting everyone around us — ourselves, our kids and our dogs — from the dangers and consequences of dog bites.”

— Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of American Humane

Here is one of my previous posts about dog bite prevention.

And here is a link to the Humane Society’s guide for how to avoid a dog bite by reading a dog’s body language.

The American Veterinary Medical Association offers many methods for dog owners to take responsibility for their dogs, including tips for properly training and socializing your dog as well as tips for properly educating your family and yourself about how to approach a dog. They believe that information and education are the best methods to address this public health crisis. They’ve even made YouTube Videos on the subject and the infographic below.

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If you or anyone in your family has been bitten by a dog, don’t hesitate to seek medical and legal help.

Have a serious injury and need legal advice? Contact Howard Blau.

 

For More Information on Dog Bite Prevention, Please Be Sure to Read the Following References:

“California Pooches Are The Worst For Biting Mail Carriers.” Patch Agoura Hills. 9 April 2017. Retrieved 9 April 2017 from https://patch.com/california/agourahills/s/g34m2/california-pooches-are-the-worst-for-biting-mail-carriers.

“Dog Bite Prevention.” American Veterinary Medical Association. Retrieved 12 April 2017 from https://www.avma.org/public/Pages/Dog-Bite-Prevention.aspx.