May 20-26, 2012 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. As the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reminds us, no matter how nice they are, all dogs can bite. It’s up to people to do the best we can to help prevent dog bites. Here a few tips from the AVMA for preventing dog bites (click here for more complete information):

  • Always walk your dog on a leash
  • Never leave a baby or small child alone with a dog
  • Teach your children how to treat pets with respect
  • Always ask permission before approaching a strange dog
  • Spay or neuter your dog

The best way to prevent dog bites is to treat animals with respect. You are your pet’s guardian and advocate. When in public, be sure you pay attention to what’s happening around you and keep your pet safe from teasing and threats from strangers.