Pets can be valuable members of your family. When you introduce an animal into your home, help keep everyone safe with these helpful animal safety tips:
- Know the breed of dogs and their disposition. Some dogs tend to bond to one person or family member and become defensive around others.
- Do not try to pet an animal while they are eating, sleeping or caring for their young. Also let them see and sniff you first. Teach children this animal safety approach.
- Teach your children not to provoke or tease a strange animal. Half of all attacks to children are considered provoked.
- Do not hug an unfamiliar dog or other animal, especially around the animal’s neck.
- Always supervise small children that are near animals.
- If an animal attacks, you may be able to decrease injury by feeding them your jacket, purse, bike or anything else that can serve as a barrier between you and the animal.
- If you're knocked to the ground, curl into a ball with your hands over your ears and lie still until the animal goes away. Teach this animal safety technique to children.
- For the safety of all, animals should be leashed or in a fenced area at all times.
Animal safety facts
- Injuries caused by animals are the second most frequent cause of emergency room visits each year.
- There are 5+ million incidents involving animals annually.
- 70% of dog bites are to children under 10 years of age, and 77% of the bites are to the facial area.
- 77% of dog bites are from dogs owned by family and friends and take place in a familiar area.
- 65% of serial attacks and 79% of rampage attacks (biting multiple people during one occurrence) are committed by Pit Bull breeds and Rottweilers.