5 Tips Help To Prevent Dog Bites

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5 Tips Help To Prevent Dog Bites

5 Tips Help To Prevent Dog Bites

Even the friendliest and gentlest of dogs may bite if startled or pushed too far. Taking the proper steps and making sure your dog is happy and healthy may help lower the danger. We propose the following tips on how to approach a dog, what to do when you see a loose dog, and the right way to treat dogs in order to make interactions between people and dogs pleasant for all parties involved. These tips may also be used to ensure that loose dogs are properly contained.

1. Do not disturb
Be sure not to pull on the dog’s ears or tail, and never annoy the dog when he is asleep or while he is eating. After all, you wouldn’t want someone messing with your food while eating, would you? The same goes for if the dog is playing with a toy and do not take a dog’s toy or treat away without giving it something else. More importantly, do not bother the dog, especially when having fun with its pups. Dogs have a strong sense of ownership over their belongings, and they are particularly protective of their puppies.

2. Move Slowly
When approaching an animal, you should never do it in a rushed manner. The animal interprets rapid motions as potential dangers to itself. When they feel threatened, animals often resort to biting to protect themselves.

3. Hand Out, Fist Closed
Objects that move quickly have the potential to agitate a dog that might have been otherwise uninterested in the situation. When you are around an unfamiliar dog, and the dog has not yet shown any symptoms of hostility or an intent to attack, you should be sure to walk carefully and leave more than enough space between you and the dog.

4. Ask the Owner
If you want to pet an owned dog, it’s polite to ask the owner first. Dogs have developed the ability to sense their owners’ emotions, and when the person is surprised, it is likely that their companion will also be startled. Animals that are startled may bite.

5. Never ride or sit
No matter how well-behaved your dog is, and even if you have a dog that is a member of one of the giant breeds as a member of your household. This activity poses a risk of causing injury to the dog’s back muscles since they are not robust enough or equipped to support the weight of a passenger, and they were not intended to do so.

Any dog is capable of biting. It makes no difference what size they are, what breed they are, or if they are male or female. Even if they are loving lap dog that has never shown any signs of aggression in the past, they have the potential to bite if they feel threatened. If you want to protect yourself, your family, and the community from being bitten by dogs, the easiest way to do so is to follow the tips that have been provided above.

“All dog bites carry a risk of infection, but immediate copious irrigation can significantly decrease that risk. Assessment for the risk of tetanus and rabies virus infection, and subsequent selection of prophylactic antibiotics, are essential in the management of dog bites.” source

For more information on how to take care of your pets or for any emergency vet services in Mississauga, contact Truscott Animal Hospital. Their team of licensed, qualified, and experienced animal doctors will be happy to provide more tips and information on how to care for your pets.

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Marina Bond January 2023

I came here with neighbour recommendation and have never regret. Having 2 female cats and 1 of them had really bad troubles as a kitten and I believe that Dr. Medhat really saved her life. Fair pricing compared to other hospitals we had been through when our kitten was sick. I appreciate Dr. Medhat’s and his team’s kindness and professionalism when helping us. Greatfull from the bottom of my heart. Thank you.

Shawna Bondoc January 2023

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A M Weselan January 2023

I just started taking my dog to see Dr. M a few months ago. He has a very practical approach to treating my dog. He was also able to squeeze me in for a last minute treatment when something came up which needed to be addressed before we went out of town. All of the team at Truscott have been very professional and kind. Take your pet there - they will be well cared for.

Yasmine El-Garhy January 2023

Honestly the most professional and humane hospital and staff. I would personally love to thank Dr Medhat for all his hard work . My cats feel safe always here. Highly recommended.

Kaye January 2023

We moved into the area a few years ago and began buying our cat food from Truscott Animal Hospital (we have a very specific cat food we order that aids in one of our cat's urinary issues while being safe for our other cat who has a heart murmur -- we have three cats). This past summer, we admittedly still hadn't taken our cats for a check-up because it causes severe anxiety and transferred aggression issues but in August, our youngest began yowling and ran upstairs. When I went to check on him, it looked as though one of his canines had become dislodged or cracked and he was obviously in severe pain. Truscott Animal Hospital was able to take us later that day to look at our cat and we found out he was going to need a large number of teeth removed due to gum disease; they were able to book him in for surgery two days later. They let us know that 11 teeth would need to be removed but thankfully the doctor only had to remove 9 once surgery began. From the moment that I met Dr. Meawad, it was clear how much he cares for and loves animals. He was extremely kind to us; I felt very guilty that our cat had to go through this but Dr. Meawad was so compassionate and reassured me that our cat's gum disease wasn't our fault and that unfortunately sometimes it happens to cats regardless of the care they're receiving. Feline dental surgery is expensive but the final price at Truscott Animal Hospital was very reasonable, we appreciate this SO much as the surprise bill was difficult financially. They didn't even charge us for the follow-up appointment, which was so generous. Our cat's surgery was successful and after less than a day, he was back to his old self. Everything healed completely fine and it was as though nothing had ever happened! On Truscott Animal Hospital's website, Dr. Meawad says his goal is to treat his patients as if they are his own. I'd say his goal is accomplished over and over because I saw this firsthand with my own cat and through the many people I've see in the clinic requesting appointments with him and expressing their gratitude towards him. We are so happy to have found such an understanding and compassionate veterinary practice close to home. Dr. Meawad, thank you so much for treating our fur baby as your own (and I'm sorry it took me so long to write the review you deserve)! Thank you thank you thank you!

Elizabeth Gauthier January 2023

Best veterinarian and clinic staff! Dr. M saved our dog by giving us short notice appointments and calling in an ultrasound technician on short notice. The staff was amazingly caring and friendly. Our dog Puff has made a full recovery thanks to the medications and diet plan he suggested. I couldn’t be more happy! Truly great people at this clinic.

Rheejhik January 2023

Our cat Buddy suddenly suffered a catastrophic bladder blockage. Dr. M took him right in, quickly examined and Xrayed him and said immediate surgery was required. We gave our consent and Buddy was operated on that day and stayed overnight and was returned to us the next day. Dr. M and staff have always shown utmost care and concern for the animals brought to them. Our many thanks.

Janis Chung December 2022

Short story: after days and hours of research I chose to go to Dr M for my dog that was diagnosed with cancer. Dr M saved my dogs life. He is amazing with difficult dogs and compassionate - but most importantly to me he is extremely competent.

Long story: My dog laura was diagnosed with cancer. After which, we called and visited over 10 different vets with high ratings/awards/specialities because we did not want to settle for anything but the best with our dog (who is truly our daughter). We chose Dr M after hearing how each doctor would proceed with surgery to remove the cancer, and he slotted us in within a week and thank god we did. We originally went in to get one cancerous mass removed but when we showed him other lands which is what other vets diagnosed as a “fat deposit” he confidently suggested we remove and turned out to be an another cancer. He saved her life truly. She is a traumatized rescue and he was great with her because of his confidence, unlike any other vet we have seen. We could not be more grateful to Dr M.

Alaa El-Garhy December 2022

Dr. Medhat is A great Vet very knowledgeable and really loves all the pets that visits he takes extra steps to make sure the pet gets what’s needed. Would definitely recommend.

Ashley Gibson December 2022

Just started coming to Truscott Animal Hospital after hearing great things from family and friends. Was not disappointed. Great vet and friendly staff ! My rabbits are in great hands now!
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