Pets are such an amazing part of life. They provide us with unconditional love, laughter, and great company… however, it is important to get educated and practice precautions especially around dogs that are unknown to you.
Dog bites happen in U.S. each and every day. Last year nearly 30,000 reconstructive procedures were performed as a result of a dog bite injury. More than 1/2 of dog bite victims are children, and over 50% of children under the age of 12 have been bitten by a dog. The physical scars can be long-lasting and the emotional scars even more so.
Some common mistakes that often lead to dog bite injuries include disrupting a dog while eating (many dogs are food aggressive), pulling on a dog’s tail (small children often see this as a way of playing, but it can aggravate an aggressive dog), and trying to outrun a dog (this is a race you will most likely not win).
Here are some simple steps you and your child can take while approaching an unknown dog…
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When you think of protein, don’t limit yourself to animal based protein sources. Plant based sources are lower in fat and higher in fiber. Here are some of our favorite plant based protein sources…