Nearly 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year, with children and the elderly accounting for at least half of all dog bite victims. With this in mind, Allen citizens are urged to train pets and educate children during Bite Prevention Week, May 17-23. The American Veterinary Medical Association offers the following tips to prevent bites:
• Never leave a baby or small child alone with a dog.
• Teach children, including toddlers, to be careful around pets.
• Teach children not to approach strange dogs.
• Don’t disturb a dog that is caring for puppies, sleeping or eating.
• If you are threatened by a dog, remain calm and avoid eye contact. Don’t scream, yell or run. If you fall or get knocked to the ground, curl into a ball and protect your face and neck.
If you are bitten by a dog in Allen, contact Animal Control within 24 hours. All dogs and cats that bite or scratch a human must be quarantined for ten days, even if they have been vaccinated for rabies. Depending on the bite, the quarantine may happen at a veterinarian’s office, the Allen Animal Shelter or the animal’s home.