Dog Bite Prevention Week

Today barks the beginning of National Dog Bite Prevention Week in which we aim to educate people with simple ways on avoiding a bad encounter with these furry friends. We all know dogs are loving, loyal, protective animals but they also need to be taken care of and respected. Our main goal is to make sure we can all give some good belly scratches with no rough play necessary.

Here are a few ways to prevent negative encounters:

  • Be respectful of every dog, always ask if you can pet some else’s dog
  • Let a dog sniff you first, it’s their way of ensuring you’re a human who wants to pet them and not a threatening predator
  • Never disturb a dog when they are eating, sleeping, chewing on a toy or nurturing their little ones
  • Keep an eye on small children, teach them proper ways to approach and pet any dog
  • If you notice aggressive behavior, keep your distance
  • Always have your dog on a leash, even if he’s a good boy

If you are the owner, remember to take your furry friend to regular check-ups.

These tips were found on AmericanHumane.org, check them out for more information.

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Child Safety and Protection Month

November is National Child Safety and Protection month in which awareness is raised for the innocent lives lost to often preventable and unintentional injuries. According to the CDC, an average of 12,175 children die each year from accidents like these. It is important to know that safety starts at home with simple measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of these tragedies.

Some safety tips to remember:

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Keep cleaning supplies, medicines, garden chemicals and toxic substances up high and out of reach
Learn to install and buckle up your child’s car seat properly and adjust straps so that they are placed over their chest
Teach children to not play near or on the street and always ask an adult for help if a toy goes past the driveway
Be aware of bodies of water and enforce safety rules such as no running or playing near the water

Always check on kids, whether they are in their room or crib. It only takes seconds for something to go wrong

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