Dog Safety for Children

Why do we need to act?

  • In the last 10 years, hospital admission from injuries caused by dogs have risen by 76% – with children under 10 most likely to be admitted (NHS, 2015).
  • Eagle Radio (2017) has stated that a child is attacked by a dog EVERY day in Surrey and Sussex according to latest figures from the NHS.
  • Being bitten or injured by a dog is obviously a huge safety concern for children, but also usually results in the euthanasia of the dog.
  • Most injuries caused by dogs happen in family homes, with a familiar dog. Not just out in the park with unknown dogs.

Why do we need to act?

  • In the last 10 years, hospital admission from injuries caused by dogs have risen by 76% – with children under 10 most likely to be admitted (NHS, 2015).
  • Eagle Radio (2017) has stated that a child is attacked by a dog EVERY day in Surrey and Sussex according to latest figures from the NHS.
  • Being bitten or injured by a dog is obviously a huge safety concern for children, but also usually results in the euthanasia of the dog.
  • Most injuries caused by dogs happen in family homes, with a familiar dog. Not just out in the park with unknown dogs.

Schools and youth organisations

We are offering FREE presentations for children, covering topics on how to understand dog body language, how to react around a dog and how to interact with dogs safely. This interactive presentation lasts around 20 minutes and can be done in small or larger assembly groups. We tailor the presentations for different age ranges and group sizes.

The talks are a non-scary approach, entitled “Talking to Dogs”.

We can provide topic activities for the teachers if they wish to discuss to topic in more detail, and we can also provide information for parents with advice on how to keep children, and dogs, safe.

Antenatal, Parent & Baby Groups

We also offer FREE talks to parent and baby and antenatal classes on keeping babies safe around dogs (and other pets).

If you would like to book a presentation, please contact jodybarry@thehousevet.net or speak to us in clinic.

REFERENCES

EAGLE RADIO. 2017. Children Are Being Attacked By Dogs Every Day in Surrey. [On-line] Assessed 29th June 2017.

NHS. 2015. Admissions Caused By Dogs and Other Mammals. [On-line] Assessed 29th June 2017.

Antenatal, Parent & Baby Groups

We also offer FREE talks to parent and baby and antenatal classes on keeping babies safe around dogs (and other pets).

If you would like to book a presentation, please contact jodybarry@thehousevet.net or speak to us in clinic.

REFERENCES

EAGLE RADIO. 2017. Children Are Being Attacked By Dogs Every Day in Surrey. [On-line] Assessed 29th June 2017.

NHS. 2015. Admissions Caused By Dogs and Other Mammals. [On-line] Assessed 29th June 2017.

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So grateful for having found the best of vets for our rescue senior boys – we feel they actually have no idea Alyson and her team are vets/nurses, they just come and give them attention and cuddles. The holistic nature of the care is second to none. They have filled a gaping hole – with an old fashioned, honest approach to vet care – treating your pet as they would their own – filling a void to maybe the elderly owner, or those who don’t drive – offering to visit your pet at home, as a matter or course, not as an exception – for our senior arthritic rescue dog and his brother – this was a game changer. A no stress scenario, with the best care. We couldn’t recommend this practice more highly. Many thanks Alyson and everyone at The House Vet.

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