Dog Bite Prevention Week

Wheat Ridge, CO ~ May 19-26 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week and the Foothills Animal Shelter along with Community Service Officers with the Wheat Ridge Police Department have some helpful tips for dog owners and parents to avoid these situations.

Every year, more than 4.5 million people in the United States are bitten by dogs according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Around 800,000 (1 in 5) will require medical attention for that bite. Children and senior citizens are the most common victims of dog bites with children by far being the most likely to suffer severe injuries.

Tips for Parents

  • Proper supervision with pets and kids is extremely important to remember.
  • A good rule of thumb is to keep any child under the age of 10 supervised with pets.
  • Teach your child not to go up to strange dogs.
  • If your child is with you, you can teach them to always ask the owner of a dog if they may be petted. There are some circumstances when it’s simply not wise, no matter what an owner says (in a stressful environment, if a dog seems anxious, etc.).

Tips for Dog Owners

  • Socialization in many different scenarios is beneficial for future interactions with people and your pet (in the park, with men/women/kids, with other animals, on a walk, etc.).
  • Be sure to have your pet current on their rabies vaccinations (it’s the law and it protects your pet from possible wildlife interactions).
  • If your dog doesn’t do well in social settings, don’t place him/her in those situations. Use common sense and know you pet’s limitations.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Wheat Ridge Police Department’s Community Services Team at (303) 235-2926. You can also visit the Foothills Animal Shelter’s website at www.FoothillsAnimalShelter.org.

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