No one can deny that Miami has seen its share of odd weather right along with the rest of the country this winter. As residents shake off the cool weather and move outdoors, dogs do the same. Studies have shown that dog bites occur more often in warm weather months than they do when the weather cools down. Owners and on-owners should do their parts to prevent dog bites from occurring.
Children are most at risk of dog bites and loose dogs are more apt to bite. So how can owners and community members work together to prevent dog bites?
Owners should make sure that their dogs are current on vaccinations, including rabies, and are properly licensed. Fences or other enclosures should securely contain pets when they are in the yard. If service people will be entering the property, keep dogs in the house.
Parents should teach children to never approach a strange dog, leashed or stray. If a dog approaches your child, instruct your little one to stop and freeze. A running child is an invitation for a dog to give chase. If a dog begins to bite your child, teach him or her to curl up in a ball and put their arms over their head. This will protect your child’s face and skull from bites.
As a member of your community, it is up to you to discourage stray dogs from sticking around. Do not feed stray or wild animals. This only serves to keep the animals coming back for more. If you see a stray dog in your neighborhood, contact the authorities so that it can be caught.
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, seek medical attention no matter how minor the bite. If skin is broken, bacteria can enter. Contrary to popular belief, dog’s mouths are not cleaner than humans. Once you have received medical attention, report