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Monday, May 26, 2014

Personal Injury Attorney Advises Georgia Residents on How to Prevent Dog Bites During the Holidays

The holidays are a festive time to gather with friends and family.  While we look forward to these events with excitement and anticipation, a loud gathering of strangers in your home can be very frightening and intimidating to the family dog. 

Even a dog with a gentle disposition may unexpectedly lash out in a crowded, noisy room full of unfamiliar people.  Add lots of food and excited children into the mix, and the risk of a dog bite can significantly increase.   

Dog bites are a real problem.  According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs every year and almost 1 in 5 people bitten by dogs require medical attention.  Here are some tips on how to prevent dog bites this holiday season:

When hosting your holiday parties, it’s smart to protect both your pet and your guests by securing your pet safely away from party guests.  A quiet room or a crate far away from the main gathering is ideal. 

If you are a guest in someone’s home and their family dog is unrestrained, you can politely ask the host to contain the dog without breaking etiquette.  Simply make the request discreetly and express your appreciation when the host puts the dog away.  Other guests who have not vocalized their concern will also be thankful that action was taken.

If you are leaving town for the holidays, it’s also good to familiarize your pet with any pet sitters in advance of your departure.  Your pet sitter may be a trusted friend or a highly recommended professional, but your pet may view the sitter a stranger entering your home in your absence.  Dogs instinctively protect their owners and their territory, and they are not aware of your care arrangements. 

If someone new is pet sitting while you are out of town this holiday season, invite them over to spend some time with your pet before you leave.  Take that time to familiarize the pet sitter with the house rules, recommendations on how to comfort your pet and your complete contact information if he or she has any questions while you are out of town.  

Family pets are a source of unconditional love and protection – and the feeling should be mutual.  By taking steps to protect your dog from stressful situations, you will also protect yourself and others from physical, emotional and financial harm.   

For more information on this topic, email John Webb at jwebb@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864.  Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia.  Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.

 

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