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Animal Safety


Animal Safety Do you know how to help protect yourself from dog bites?

Unfortunately, even our favorite pets can sometimes bite. Here are some tips you can use to help prevent dog bites:

  • Never approach a dog that you don't know. Report stray dogs or dogs displaying unusual behavior.
  • Remain motionless when approached by an unfamiliar dog -- never run or scream.
  • Do not disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.
  • If it appears that a dog is going to attack you, throw an article of clothing or something else at the dog that the dog can bite instead of biting you.
  • If a dog leaps at you, cover your head and neck. It is very important that you try to keep the dog away from your head and neck.
  • If knocked down by a dog, lie still and remain in a ball.
  • Do not play aggressive games with your dog; for example, wrestling.
  • Never try to separate fighting dogs.
  • If bitten by a dog, immediately report the bite.
  • Carefully choose your pet dog. Evaluate your environment and lifestyles and speak with a professional to determine the appropriate type of pet.
  • Dogs should be neutered or spayed to reduce aggressive tendencies.

Remember, Be Smart, Be Safe!

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Sources: The safety tips in this section were compiled from the following great internet resources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (