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How to Avoid Dog Bites during the Holidays

December 24, 2018

Did you know more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in the United States annually?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1 in 5 dog-bite victims require medical attention. As a parent or dog owner, you have a responsibility to keep everyone safe during the holiday season. Unfortunately, the sights and sounds of the holiday season cause many dogs to experience abnormally high levels of anxiety. Children are more likely than adults to bitten during the holidays. Moreover, pediatric injuries also tend to be more severe.

As a dog owner, you likely believe your best friend wouldn't hurt a fly. The truth of the matter is that under the right set of circumstances any dog can and will bite. Coupled with the unusually active behavior of children waiting for Santa's arrival, it is easy for little ones to be bite or knocked down. In addition, with the hustle and bustle of the holidays, your dog can quickly get out of sorts and lash out, even against someone who they know.

If you are guest in someone's home, treat any dog cautiously. They could potentially be aggressive, so never assume that because an owner says their dog is friendly that it is. Always allow an approaching dog to sniff. After it has checked you out, you should know how it wants to interact. Don't pet a dog on the top of the head. Since that can be perceived as a threat, reach with your palm up and ask if it is okay to pet someone else's dog before extending your hand. 

The Holidays are supposed to be fun filled. However, the days can be long and hectic, especially for your pets. As a pet owner, if you are traveling over the holidays, consider boarding your dogs and cats. PrimeVET Animal Hospital offers state of the art pet boarding in Orange Park Our caring staff provides a fun facility, so pets can enjoy their day and feel safe at night. 

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