The following tips may help prevent bite
Do not disturb animals, even your family pets,
while they are eating, sleeping, or nursing. Animal mothers can be very
aggressive when protecting their young.
Never leave a young child
or baby alone with a pet.
Do not approach or play with unfamiliar
or stray pets.
Teach children to ask permission from a pet's owner
before petting the animal. Do not pet an animal without first letting it sniff
Don't run past a dog, because dogs naturally love to chase and
Many animals give a warning sign before they attack.
If you have animals in your home, know their warning signs and teach them to
Do not try to separate fighting animals. If
available, water sprayed from a hose will often break up the
If you see a threatening dog:
Stay still. Do not run.
make direct eye contact with the dog or stare at the dog. Staring at a dog may
be interpreted by the dog as a threat and aggression.
If you say anything, speak calmly and firmly.
If you fall or are
knocked to the ground, curl into a ball with your hands over your head and
neck. Protect your face.
Notify animal control and, if possible,
speak with the dog's owners.
Tell children to report an animal bite to an
Do not keep wild animals as pets.
not touch or tease wild animals.
Do not handle sick or injured
animals or animals that are acting strangely.
Get help from animal
control personnel if you need to rescue a trapped or injured animal. If no help
is available, wear the heaviest gloves and clothing you have. Do not move
quickly when approaching the animal, and talk in a low, gentle voice to
reassure the animal.
Choose and care for your pets wisely
Do not buy a pet on impulse. Do some research
and learn about how different types of pets act and what their needs are. Ask a
veterinarian or your local humane society for more
Keep your animals healthy. Regular examinations and
vaccinations are important for their health and for yours.
Vaccinate pets against rabies and other
Promote attitudes of animal love and respect. Do not
tolerate any form of animal abuse or cruelty.
dogs. If you have children, involve them in the training so they can handle and
learn respect for their companion animals. Keep pets on a leash in public
Do not allow your pets to roam free. Fence your yard, and
keep your pets on a leash in public areas.
Contact your local
humane society or shelter about workshops for your school or service group that
teach about animal care.
Teach your child not to bite. Biting most commonly occurs when
many children are together, such as in child care centers. Most of the time,
biting can be reduced by proper supervision and by helping children express
their feelings in more appropriate ways. For more information, see the topic