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Preventing dog bite injuries: the need for a collaborative approach

By T. de Keuster, K. L. Overall

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This article discusses an open-minded multidisciplinary approach for preventing primary and secondary dog bites. This approach is based on the recognition of the interaction between the dog, human and environment in which they interact. Focus is given on the analysis of problem or potential problem by examining the roles played or potentially played by the dog, human and environment in which the dog and human interact, acknowledgment and assessment of different risk factors contributing to the accident, investigating risk factors with respect to the risk of recurrence and risk of injury, elucidation of options for prevention of bites from the dog in a particular situation, assessment of the owner's feelings about the potential risk and their ability to anticipate and modify it and assessment of how veterinary professionals can provide help for the dog and owner. The Blue Dog project, an attempt to educate families and their children on other ways of resolving the problem besides the usual shortcuts like euthanasia, abandonment or relinquishment of the dog, is also presented.

Date 2011
Publication Title Veterinary Record
Volume 169
Issue 13
Pages 341-342
ISBN/ISSN 0042-4900
DOI 10.1136/vr.d5809
Language English
Author Address Dierenarts, Oostveldkouter 222, B-9920 Lovendegem, Belgium.
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  1. Accidents
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Animal rights
  4. Animals in culture
  5. Animal welfare
  6. APEC countries
  7. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  8. Belgium
  9. Bites and stings
  10. British Isles
  11. Carnivores
  12. Children
  13. Commonwealth of Nations
  14. Developed countries
  15. Diseases
  16. Dogs
  17. Employees
  18. Europe
  19. Euthanasia
  20. Great Britain
  21. Mammals
  22. Methodologies
  23. Methods
  24. misbehavior
  25. Netherlands
  26. North America
  27. OECD countries
  28. pet care
  29. Pet ownership
  30. Pets and companion animals
  31. Practice and service
  32. Primates
  33. risk
  34. risk factors
  35. Social psychology and social anthropology
  36. trauma
  37. United Kingdom
  38. United States of America
  39. Veterinarians
  40. Veterinary medicine
  41. Veterinary profession
  42. Veterinary services
  43. Veterinary surgery