National Dog Bite Prevention Week: Tips To Prevent Dog Bites


TOPEAK, Kan (WIBW)-- The dog may be "man's best friend", but every year about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in the U.S.

To celebrate National Dog Bite Prevention Week, May 18-24, KDHE, KVMA and One Health Kansas offer the following tips to prevent dog bites.

- Do NOT approach an unfamiliar dog.
- Do not run from a dog or scream.
- Do not disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating or caring for puppies.
- "Be like a tree" when approached by an unfamiliar dog.
- Do not pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first.
- Do not play with a dog unless supervised by an adult.
- If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and be still.
- Never leave a child alone with any dog because any dog can bite under the right circumstances.
- Immediately report stray dogs or dogs displaying unusual behavior.
- If bitten, immediately report the bite to an adult.

Additional information on dog bite prevention can be found on the American Veterinary Medical Association’s website by clicking here.

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