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Monday Mentions & National Dog Bite Prevention Week

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Can we have 'em?
Young boys get bit most often!

Today, many of us look on our dogs as part of the family–even go so far as to call ‘em our “babies.” But what happens when a human infant enters the picture? Dogs bite nearly 5 million people a year–most of ‘em kids–and some new parents play it safe and simply get rid of the dog. Others who adore Fluffy couldn’t think of getting rid of their beloved pet.

Who’s right? Who’s wrong? And what about the dog’s feelings? When he throws a tantrum (or worse), and the parents-in-law lobby for a solution, what’s a dog lover to do? Check out my Pet Peeves radio interview with Jennifer Shyrock to teach your kids how to be Doggone Safe.

The American Veterinary Medical Association, the United States Postal Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have joined forces to sponsor National Dog Bite Prevention Week May 15-21, 2011. In fact, half of all children in the US experience a dog bite by age 12, with 5 to 9 year olds and boys at significantly higher risk.

The CDC reports that of those injured, 386,000 require treatment in an emergency department and about a dozen die. Most bites result from inappropriate interaction with the family pet, with a neighbor’s or a friend’s dog. But you can EASILY prevent dog bites with these 9 tips.

Learning about doggy communication can safe lots of angst–not to mention medical bills and insurance costs. Most of these injuries can be prevented with responsible pet ownership. Those who read this blog recall that I served as an expert witness in a tragic dog attack incident–that did NOT have to happen!

All dogs bite and chew, but it’s important to teach bite inhibition and stop puppy biting before it gets out of hand. What’s baby-cute or aggravating in your new pup becomes dangerous once he grows up. Needle-sharp puppy teeth easily rip clothing and tear flesh, but an adult dog’s jaws also can break bones or worse. Even friendly dogs cause terrible injury if not taught how to pull their punches. One accidental bite could label your puppy as a “dangerous dog” and result in an expensive lawsuit, increased insurance rates, and costly medical bills. Here’s how to teach bite inhibition –it not only protects people and prevents heartbreak, it could save your puppy’s life.

Okay, switching gears–There’s a fun mix of Monday Mentions below.

Kibble Blog by Terry Spencer, DVM offers a great take on “Just Looking” as it relates to pet health

Tea Time At The Zoo Blog Confessions of An Animal Addict offers an eye opening post on bathing snails.

Dear Labby Blog  byTerry Albert addresses canine leg-lifting in the house (girl dogs do it, too!)

Confident Dog Blog by dog trainer Patricia Terrill–with adventures in new puppy training! (CUTE ALERT!)

Morris Animal Foundation has a new President & CEO, David Haworth

My Cat From Hell, new Animal Planet show hosted by CWA member Jackson Galaxy –don’t let the tough looks fool you, he’s a real pussycat!

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions–and to stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, listen to the weekly radio show, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter with pet book give-aways!

About amyshojai

Amy Shojai, CABC is a certified animal behavior consultant (dogs/cats), award winning author of 30+ pet care titles and thrillers, and spokesperson to the pet industry.

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