Help prevent dog bites as COVID-19 restrictions ease

Nationwide Canine Chew Prevention Week® shall be noticed April 11-17 this 12 months, and you may take part to assist unfold data and stop canine bites as pandemic restrictions start to ease.

In keeping with State Farm’s declare data, there have been extra dog-related harm claims in March 2020 than in another month final 12 months, with a reported 21.6 % enhance in canine bites in comparison with March of the earlier 12 months. This was doubtless because of the disruption in routines at first of pandemic lockdowns, when canine have been coping with proprietor stress and extra folks round the home all through the day. Specialists worry one other disruption—this time trigger by the easing of restrictions for actions exterior the house—might result in one other spike in bites.

Any canine can chew for any variety of causes, and accountable pet possession and community-based training are the cornerstones of canine chew prevention. Collectively, we will use the chance afforded by Nationwide Canine Chew Prevention Week® to remind folks that the majority canine bites are preventable and there are numerous issues they’ll do to assist stop them—particularly as we begin rising from pandemic lockdown and isolation.

Reside Fb occasion

The AVMA is internet hosting a reside Fb occasion on Monday, April 12 at Midday CT. Be part of the AVMA and specialists from the Nationwide Canine Chew Prevention Week Coalition to find out about coaching ideas to assist stop bites, learn how to safely socialize your canine after a 12 months of isolation, and learn how to acknowledge the warning indicators that a canine might chew.

Make sure to maintain following the AVMA on social media all week lengthy for extra shareable movies, infographics, and ideas that may assist stop canine bites. You will be a part of the dialog through the use of the hashtag #PreventDogBites. Plus, our member toolkit has easy-to-use social media assets for you.

Member-exclusive toolkit

Our canine chew prevention toolkit—free to AVMA members—gives all of the supplies it’s essential unfold the phrase about canine chew prevention. These embody:

Entry the full toolkit to utilize all our canine chew prevention assets, and go to avma.org/DogBitePrevention for extra canine chew information and techniques to share together with your purchasers.

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