For health professionals

  • What can health professionals do to reduce the risk of dog bite injuries to children?

    Dog bite prevention

    Health professionals play an active and important role in reducing the risk of dog bites to children by:

    • Providing parents with the Dogs and Kids information
    • Conducting an information session with parents
    • Inviting a veterinarian to speak to the group about socially responsible dog ownership
    • Inviting a local government representative to explain laws and dog owner responsibilities
    • Following up any reported dog bites with dog owners and the local council
    • Running a basic first aid course that demonstrates how to deal with animal bites and stings
    • Encouraging parents to have a first aid book as a quick and easy reference and a first aid kit in the event of a dog bite and to seek medical assistance
    • Inviting a veterinary behaviourist, veterinarian or representative of the dog obedience school to attend an information session with parents and assist with introductory classes for parents with dogs

    Dog bite prevention poster

    Download and print the Dog bite prevention poster (PDF) to promote dog safety at your workplace or home.

    Our Dog bite prevention poster is also available in the following languages: ArabicBurmeseChin (Hakha)ChineseDari, PersianKarenKhmerPunjabiVietnamese