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Beware of Dog Bites
Date:5/17/2009

ess, pain, a bad smell or fluid draining from the area, see a doctor immediately.
  • Call 911 if it is a severe attack, there is extensive bleeding or the bite is near the face.
  • Most dogs that have owners are vaccinated against rabies. If you are not sure, contact your doctor, your local health department or animal control. Children or adults may need a tetanus shot.
  • How can you prevent aggressive behavior?

    • Have your dog spayed or neutered to reduce aggressive tendencies.
    • Never leave infants or young children alone with a dog.
    • Make sure your child has had a tetanus shot.
    • Don't play aggressive games with your dogs.
    • Properly socialize and train them.
    • Immediately seek professional advice if your dog shows aggressive behaviors.

    More information

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on dog bite prevention.



    --Jennifer Thomas



    SOURCE: American College of Emergency Physicians, news release, April 2009


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