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Important Dog Bite Prevention Information!

Statistics show children are more likely than adults to be bitten by a dog, and when they are, the injuries can be more severe. Here is important information for people of all ages:

DO:
- Always ask if it is okay to pet someone else's dog before reaching out to pet the dog.
- When approached by an unfamiliar dog, remain motionless ("be still like a tree").
- If a dog knocks you over, curl into a ball with your head tucked and your hands over your ears and neck.
- Immediately let an adult know about any stray dogs or dogs that are behaving strangely.

DON'T:
- Don't approach an unfamiliar dog.
- Don't run from a dog.
- Don't panic or make loud noises.
- Don't disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.
- Don't pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first.
- Don't encourage your dog to play aggressively.
- Don't let small children play with a dog unsupervised.
--courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention




Please contact the team at Swift Creek Animal Hospital at (804) 744-7222 or via our Vet2Pet Mobile Rewards App "SCAH1986" with any questions or concerns about your pets.

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