Tips For Children on How To Safely Interact with Dogs!

Tips For Children on How To Safely Interact with Dogs!

Did you know that of the estimated 800,000 dog bites that occur each year involve children between the ages 5 and 8? TV host and dog trainer Victoria Stilwell from animal planet is offering some tips to children on what they need to know in order to interact safely with dogs!

Not every dog is your friend.
Kids often mistake wagging tails for happiness — and that isn’t always the case, Stilwell says. Help kids recognize when a dog is showing signs of aggression or fear. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ( offers photos that illustrate canine body language and tips to avoid dog bites. 

Embrace your inner tree (or rock).

Dogs lose interest when they are ignored, so Stilwell (right) tells children to become a tree, standing still and avoiding eye contact when dogs approach. If kids get knocked to the ground, advise them to roll up like a stone on the ground with knees in and hands behind their neck so they protect vital organs. Practice makes perfect.

Report loose or stray dogs.

If kids see a stray dog during walks to school, remind them to alert an adult. Stilwell says that parents should report loose dogs to animal control immediately. “There are so many irresponsible dog owners out there and these people need to be reported,” she says.

Be careful when walking on a dog’s ‘turf.’

Many owners rely on electric fences or shock collars to keep dogs confined to their own yard. But Stilwell notes that kids and other animals can easily cross those invisible boundaries — and that’s often when the trouble occurs. “Mostly children are bitten on the dog’s territory by a dog that they know,” she says. “It’s rare for a child to be bitten by a dog that comes out of nowhere and bites them.”

Never touch dogs behind a fence.

Tell kids to exercise caution and avoid taunting or exciting dogs behind fences, she says. Remember, that fence may not be too sturdy, and some determined dogs can jump over fences without any trouble.

Taunting dogs is a form of bullying.

“Being kind to animals is much more powerful than teasing, bullying, or being rough or unkind to these creatures,” she says.  “How would you feel if you were teased or bullied or hit?”

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Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe Outdoors

Are you and your pet spending some time in the great outdoors this summer?  If so, you and your pet are susceptible to many types of insect bites, some of which could be dangerous.   We surfed around the internet to find some articles that will give you tips on how to prevent insect bites and what you should do if you see signs of an insect bite.

The Ionia Sentinel-Standard had this article titled “How to Identify, Respond to Allergic Reactions, Insect Bites on Pets”.  This article reminded us how important it is to check your pet for ticks, and how you should go about removing them.

The Pet Assure Newsletter posted this article that focuses on dogs, and gives you tips on removing bee stings.  It also shows a list of symptoms that can occur from insect bites.

The AVMA posted an article titled "Disease Precautions for Outdoor Enthusiasts and their Companion Animals”.  It’s a reference guide for outdoor enthusiasts that gives a list of disease precautions for you and your pets.

If you notice your pet may have been bit by an insect but are not sure what to do, feel free to reach out to us.  The Reunion Veterinary Hospital is open 7 days a week, and our staff will give you advice immediately.  For more tips on protecting your pets, follow us on Facebook or Twitter!

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As they say, it's better to be safe than sorry, so the Reunion Veterinary Hospital would like to give you some tips on how to protect yourself and your pets in the event a hurricane is headed to our area.

We found THIS ARTICLE that gives great tips what you should do to protect your pets. Some excerpts-

This pup from Brooklyn was prepared for Hurricane Sandy
- Keep documentation of your pet’s vaccination history in the emergency kit.
- Have a current photograph of your pet in the kit.
- Keep a checklist in the kit of items to pull together when a storm is imminent, including Collars, a Leash, a Carrier, and Medications.
- Have an evacuation strategy"

Another great article we found came from our hometown- www.ABrooklynDogsLife.comThis article may be a few years old, but all of the information is still relevant.

The City of Davenport also has tips on what you can do to be ready for a hurricane. There are a number of Disaster Preparation Links and Important Contact Numbers.

Finally, you can check the website for the National Hurricane Center, which will provide you with the latest information.

We plan on keeping everyone informed in case of emergency by consistently updating our Social Media sites.  Make sure you're following us on Facebook and Twitter!

The Reunion Veterinary Hospital is located in the Ovation Shopping Mall next to Reunion Resort.  We offer a full suite of veterinary services.  Stop by and introduce us to your pet today!

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