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.
|Publication Title||Veterinary Record|
|Author Address||Dierenarts, Oostveldkouter 222, B-9920 Lovendegem, Belgium. firstname.lastname@example.org|
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