The American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) started National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which is celebrated every year in the third week of May to educate adults and children in the U.S. about safety around their canine friends. There are more than 70 million dogs in the United States and every year millions of Americans, mostly children, are bitten by dogs. Most, if not all, of these incidents are preventable through simple education.
In addition to the human injuries, biting incidents also carry serious consequences for the dogs involved and their pet parents. Learn how to avoid dog bites by reading our article about the warning signs to look out for and find out how to deal with potentially dangerous situations.
Dr. Audrey Harvey BVSc (Hons), a veterinarian in the LovePets community, shared these guidelines on how to keep children safe around dogs. Her professional tips can save both human and canine lives.
Just like teething babies, puppies go through a nibbling phase. Although it can be very cute to watch them chew on your fingers, these "love bites" can become a bad habit and dangerous as the dog gets older. Follow our guide on training your puppy not to bite to prevent him from getting into future trouble.
Do you know the specific laws regarding dog bites and how to deal with such incidents? If not, check out these tips to learn the right things to do if your dog does bite someone.
The Yellow Dog Project is an initiative that is getting legs worldwide, encouraging pet parents to attach yellow ribbons to some dogs' collars as a warning to be cautious around them. There are many reasons some dogs should not be approached – they might be recovering from surgical procedures or be training as service dogs, for example. Read our article about the Yellow Dog Project to learn more.
Share these links with other pet parents and help us to reduce the number of dog bite incidents in our country.
Content reviewed by a veterinarian.