How to Safely Approach a Dog or Cat

Picture of dog for Syracuse dog bite lawyers blog

We all love our dogs and cats, but unfortunately, not every pet is friendly. Dogs and cats act out when they feel afraid. That is why it is important to know how to safely approach a dog or cat.

First, ask the pet owner for permission before petting a dog or cat. If given permission, raise your hand and let the dog or cat smell you. Lastly, let the pet come to you first.

Never tease a dog or cat because they may not know that you are just trying to play. Children are especially vulnerable to dog and cat bites and should be taught how to properly approach and interact with our pets.

If you or anyone you know has been bitten by a dog or cat, get the owner’s name, address and phone number. Wash the bite wound with soap and water, and get medical attention immediately. Lastly, report any dog or cat bite to your county health department and/or local animal control and be sure to fill out a report. If the dog or cat is dangerous to the public, call 911.

We love our furry friends and they are part of our families, though simple precautions are necessary to keep everyone safe.

Happy Holidays from everyone at MCV Law!