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How can you prevent dog bites?

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Follow these steps:

  • When choosing a dog for a family pet, pick one with a good temperament.
  • Stay away from any dogs you don't know.
  • Never leave young children alone with a dog -- especially an unfamiliar one.
  • Don't try to play with any dog that's eating or feeding her puppies.
  • Whenever you approach a dog, do so slowly. Give the dog the chance to approach you.
  • If a dog gets aggressive, don't run away or scream. Stay calm, move slowly, and don't make eye contact with the dog.

From: Dog Bites WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 13, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 9/13/2018

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Cat and Dog Bites."

CDC web site: "Dog Bites." 

Presutti, R.J. , 2001. American Family Physician

Marx J.A., Hockberger, R.S., Walls. R.M., Adams, J.G., Barsan W.G., eds., , seventh edition, Philadelphia, Mosby Elsevier; 2009. Rosen's Emergency Medicine

Cohen J., Powderly W.G., Berkley S.F., Calandra T., Clumeck N., Finch R.G., , second edition, Philadelphia, Mosby Elsevier, 2004. Infectious Diseases

Taplitz, R.A. , 2004. Postgraduate Medicine

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 13, 2018

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Cat and Dog Bites."

CDC web site: "Dog Bites." 

Presutti, R.J. , 2001. American Family Physician

Marx J.A., Hockberger, R.S., Walls. R.M., Adams, J.G., Barsan W.G., eds., , seventh edition, Philadelphia, Mosby Elsevier; 2009. Rosen's Emergency Medicine

Cohen J., Powderly W.G., Berkley S.F., Calandra T., Clumeck N., Finch R.G., , second edition, Philadelphia, Mosby Elsevier, 2004. Infectious Diseases

Taplitz, R.A. , 2004. Postgraduate Medicine

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 13, 2018

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