Traveling and meeting strange dogs ? Dr Windy discusses the Dog Bite Facts of Life
Bite Prevention Pt. 1
- It’s great to meet new pet friends, but there are times when things don’t go as planned. Talking about dog bites today.
- Estimate about 5 million bites per year, 1 in 5 require medical care or more serious.
- This week is National Bite Prevention Week, so we are going to talk about how to keep everyone’s teeth to themselves.
- Most bites are from owners’ pets or known pets. 99% are from fearful or insecure dogs. (I’ll kill it before it can hurt me approach). Looks very aggressive and powerful but is from anxiety or insecurity.
- ANY DOG WITH TEETH CAN BITE!
- Most common scenarios that cause bites:
- Unattended children/toddlers/infants
- Running with a dog
- Disregard for or no knowledge of a fearful dog trying to get away.
- What does a fearful dog look like?
- Ears back, hunched, whale eye, eyebrows moving rapidly, avoiding eye contact, licking lips, yawning, lips pulled back, some can even try to look like they are sleeping.
- Note on showing teeth – lips back vs. lips up.
- Now that we know a bit more about what fearful dogs look like, we’ll learn what we can do on both sides of the equation to prevent bites from happening.
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