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How do I educate my child about animal bites?

Animal bites are scary, especially for children. Being bitten by an animal at a young age, no matter how minor or severe the bite is, can scar a child for life. When you talk with adults who are scared of dogs, or who do not have an affinity for dogs, they were likely attacked by one at a young age. So, you might be asking yourself, how can I educate my child about animal bites? We will tackle that subject in today's post.

How can you tell when a dog bite is likely?

One of the best ways to avoid a dog bite is simply to know when there is an elevated risk and seek to take yourself out of that situation. Many bites occur because people don't see the warning signs fast enough. This is why children are especially at risk, as they may think they're just petting a friendly dog when they're really agitating a nervous dog.

Keeping trick-or-treaters safe from dog bites

With Halloween just around the corner, many individuals here in the San Fernando Valley are getting ready for the trick-or-treaters that may be visiting their house on Halloween night. For homeowners with dogs, the important preparations can go far beyond just stocking up on treats for the trick-or-treaters and getting their home decorated to match the spooky mood of the occasion. It can be critical for dog owners to come up with a plan for what to do with their dog on Halloween.

How serious are animal bite infections?

Most of the animal bites suffered in the United States today are from domestic animals. Dogs cause more injuries, but infections occur in more cat bites. According to the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, dog bites become infected about 1 percent of the time and cat bites become infected between 5 to 10 percent of the time.

Los Angeles postal workers learn self-defense against dog bites

It’s an old joke that United States Postal Service workers are constantly getting chased off their appointed rounds by neighborhood dogs. But it’s not funny to mail carriers who have been the victim of dog bites while on the job.

How Los Angeles strives to protect citizens from animal bites

Without a doubt, pets are members of the family in the eyes of most California residents. However, it is becoming impossible to refute that they can pose a hazard to citizens. Most pet owners strive to teach their animals not to attack humans and most pets are friendly and love people. However, attacks do happen despite the best efforts of the government and animal owners.

How does the law deal with dangerous dogs in California?

In our blog post about dog bites a few weeks ago, we referred to “vicious dogs” attacking and injuring people. (You can read that post here.) In California, “vicious dog” is a legal designation applied to certain dogs, which can lead to authorities requiring the dog be restrained or destroyed.

Holding the owner responsible after a dog bite incident

Californians love their dogs. Residents across the state own pet dogs, most of which are well-trained, friendly and carefully monitored by their owners while out of the house. But not all dogs are safe to be around people, and sometimes people get attacked by vicious dogs.

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