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Bite Definition:

To pierce the skin, especially with teeth or fangs. A bleeding cat scratch is considered a bite. Any contact with a bat or bats is considered a bite.


Socialize your pet:

When your dog is a puppy, expose him or her to a variety of social situations which include people and animals. Make sure each of these outings are under controlled circumstances and done a little at a time. Continue exposing your dog to social situations through out its’ life. Don’t put your dog in a position where it feels uncomfortable, this includes teasing or threatening environments. Recognize how your dog responds in situations. This will help you identify when your dog is uncomfortable or feeling aggressive.


Keep your pet healthy:

Vaccinate your dog or cat against rabies by a licensed veterinarian. In the state of Florida, a rabies vaccine must be given at 4 months of age but can be vaccinated at 3 months of age. This vaccine expires in one year. Then the dog or cat must be re -vaccinated with either a one, two or three year rabies vaccine. Follow your veterinarian’s advice on a vaccination schedule.

Neuter your pet:

Neutered pets are less likely to bite: That’s a fact! Not only does neutering create a less aggressive animal, it also prevents pet over-population. Two positive outcomes with just one action!


Leash Law:

The law states all animals must be leashed at all times when off the property of the animal owner. In Okaloosa County, “on a leash” requires that it be held by a competent person or under the control of a responsible person and obedient to that person’s commands to the extent that the animal will not trespass on the property of others. 


Bite Prevention:

Children are the victims to more than 60% of all bites. To make our children safe, these rules should be followed.

NEVER leave a baby or small child alone with a dog. Be aware of potentially dangerous situations.


Start teaching your children at young ages the following “Stay Safe Rules”:

Things to do to communicate you are a friend to a dog:

  • Stand still, facing slightly sideways, off on an angle.

  • Keep an eye on the dog even if the owner responds to your call.

  • Look at the dog’s ears, chest or the top of its head instead of looking in its’ eyes, bring your hand slowly up from your side, after asking permission to touch rather than shoving an open hand down from above.

  • Use slow movements. The slower you move the less threatened the dog will feel.

  • Always stand upright when near a dog. If you have to bend over, squat- never bend at the waist.

  • Use high vocal tones when encountering a dog; it is a less threatening message.


If a dog charges at you:

  • Stay still

  • Remain calm

  • Don’t scream

  • Speak softly

  • Avoid eye contact


If you fall when a dog charges you:

  • Remain calm

  • Speak softly

  • Avoid eye contact

  • Curl into a ball with your hands over your head and neck.

  • Protect your face


If your dog bites someone:

  • Restrain the dog.

  • Separate the dog from the area and confine it securely.

  • Check on the victim.

  • Wash the wound with soap and water.

  • Seek medical attention.

  • Call Animal Services and Enforcement immediately: (850) 243-1525


If you are the bite victim:

  • Stay calm.

  • Take in a good description of the animal or confine the animal if possible.

  • Tell an adult.

  • Wash the wound with soap and water.

  • Seek medical attention.

  • Call Animal Services and Enforcement immediately: (850) 243-1525

More questions?

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