Posts Tagged ‘pet’

Dog bites and kids

Friday, May 15th, 2009

sleeping-dogOnce when I was a kid, I was riding my bike, and a neighbor’s dog ran out and bit me on the leg. I cried all the way home. I love dogs, but I also respect them.

Next week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. Thanks to dog vaccinations  and other public health efforts, rabies is rare in the United States. But it’s still a serious concern. And dog bites can also cause infection and serious injury.

Here’s what you and you family can do to protect yourselves from dog bites:

* Don’t approach an unfamiliar dog.

* Don’t run from a dog or scream when you’re around a dog.

* Be “still like a tree” if an unfamiliar dog approaches.

* If a dog knocks you down, roll into a ball and lie “still like a log.”

* Avoid direct eye contact with a dog.

* Don’t disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating or caring for puppies.

* Before petting a dog, let it see and sniff you.

* Report stray dogs or dogs acting strangely to your local animal control agency.

For more information, read Dog Bite Prevention on the Web site of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Turtles: Not for kids under 5

Monday, March 30th, 2009

turtle-smTurtles move slowly and have tough, colorful shells.  Sounds like a good pet for a small child, right? But think again, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Turtles carry a potentially dangerous bacteria called Salmonella. This is the same bacteria that has been causing all the recent problems with peanut butter products.

Salmonella can cause fever, diarrhea, stomach cramps and nausea. Sometimes the infection is very serious and can even cause death.

As moms, we like to teach our children to take care and love their pets. But if you have a child under 5, choose something other than a turtle. The U.S. Humane Society has some guidelines on how to pick a pet.

Smoking is dangerous for pets. Oh, yeah, it’s bad for people, too.

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Yorkshire TerrierPeople who don’t want to stop smoking may change their minds when they learn the habit can harm their pets. This is what Michigan researchers recently learned from a survey they conducted.

Secondhand smoke can lead to cancer in cats and dogs. Birds, too, can have health problems.

And we already know that smoking can harm our children, other family members, our friends and ourselves.

So if people aren’t worried about getting cancer, heart disease or emphysema themselves, they may quit to help their animals or people they love. If Fido can help someone stop, great! Whatever works.

You already know that pregnant women shouldn’t smoke, and parents should avoid smoking around their children. Smoking and Pregnancy from the March of Dimes lists resources that can help you or someone you know quit.

What has helped you or someone you know to stop smoking?