Here are some recent statistics about dog bites in the U.S.:
- Each year, more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs.
- Almost 1 in 5 people bitten by dogs require medical attention.
- Every year, more than 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites; at least half of them are children.
- Children are, by far, the most common victims of dog bites and are far more likely to be severely injured.
- Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs.
- Senior citizens are the second most common dog bite victims.
There are many things you can do to avoid dog bites, ranging from properly training and socializing your pet to educating your children on how – or if – they should approach a dog.
Information and education are the best solutions for this public health crisis.
May 17-23, 2015, Is National Dog Bite Prevention Week®!
Visit the National Dog Bite Prevention Week® page for more information and resources to educate people about dog bite prevention or call our office for information.
Pet emergencies don’t always happen during regular business hours. In fact, the norm seems to dictate that they most often happen outside business hours. If your pet has become critically ill or been harmed in an accident, it’s vital that you see a veterinarian as soon as possible. An emergency animal hospital that has the ability to be on call and that has veterinarians available to perform emergency surgery and other procedures that could be life-saving for your beloved pet. If your regular vet cannot accommodate your needs, an after hours clinic can often be recommended and they will typically report to your pet’s regular vet, if you have one.
Signs that warrant a call to a vet, regardless of the hour include:
- Serious injury pointing to broken bones or internal injuries, such as with an automobile collision.
- A pet that is vomiting blood or that has bloody stools
- Pets that refuse to drink. Dehydration can be very dangerous, particularly if the pet also has diarrhea.
- If you have concerns and a gut feeling that your pet shouldn’t wait to be seen, look for an emergency animal hospital as soon as possible.
Some signs could be less urgent but still require attention as soon as possible. If your pet’s behavior dramatically changes, a veterinary visit can help determine the cause of the change. Like their human family members, pets might have a mild illness that can go away either on its own or with some antibiotics. If in doubt, call a vet or emergency animal hospital.
As you go over symptoms with the vet you’ll be consulted on whether an immediate appointment is necessary. You can then also inquire about consultation fees. It’s typically necessary for the vet to see the pet before an estimate on fees can be given. It’s important to talk to the vet to determine whether or not they accept your preferred payment method.
If you need an emergency animal hospital in the Del Mar, CA area we would be happy to talk to you about your needs. If you need an after hours emergency vet we can make recommendations.
This week is National Pet Week – time to play more, train less and let your pet choose their favorite activities to celebrate the joy they bring to us on a daily basis.
1. Slow down on training and play with your pet. If you are training every day, try not to train as much for tricks like spin and jump.
2. Take your pet to a place he or she likes. Go to a special place in your house, a dog park or a big open field and enjoy.
3. Let your pet have a pet play date with a friend! Call over a friend and his/her pet and get together.
4. Let your pet(s) relax! Don’t bug him/her as much to be on a schedule. When someone bugs you, you don’t like it and same goes for your pet(s).
5. When your pet wants to do something with you, do it!
Have a fun national pet week and remember to always schedule routine visits to our office – keeping your pet healthy is most important in ensuring your pet’s quality of life.