National Dog Bite Prevention Week 2013 (May 19-25)

Last year, nearly 5 million people were bitten by dogs in the United States, and nearly 1 million people, more than half of them children, required medical attention for dog bites. Many of these bites could have been avoided by knowing a few simple facts about dog behavior and through responsible pet ownership. To help educate the public on how best to prevent dog bites, the AVMA is again teaming up with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the U.S. Postal Service, and America’s plastic and reconstructive surgeons to sponsor National Dog Bite Prevention Week, held this year from May 19-25. In this podcast, Dr. Ilana Reisner, a board-certified veterinary behaviorist and owner of Reisner Veterinary Behavior and Consulting Services in Media, Pennsylvania, discusses dog bite prevention strategies.