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Posted on 08-23-2017
At Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic, our Canton veterinarian cares not just about the pets we see in our office, but their owners and other pet lovers as well. Dogs are among the most common pets we treat in our office, and they truly are loyal and incredible creatures. Unfortunately, a dog that is provoked, scared, or aggravated may react by biting or attacking, so it's important for everybody to understand the signs of an aggressive dog and how to avoid dog bites.
Even a typically friendly dog can and will bite if feeling threatened, scared, or vulnerable. For this reason, it's important to exercise caution when approaching or coming into contact with any dog you're not familiar with. You can usually tell a lot about a dog's mood and temperament by its body language. A dog that is scared or threatened will try to make itself appear smaller in size, whereas an aggressive dog will generally try to appear larger. Fur may stand up, the dog may stand tall, and he or she may even growl or bark.
If you see an aggressive dog, the best thing to do is to avoid contact. Never run from an aggressive dog, as this will only cause it to chase you. Instead, avoid eye contact and walk or back away slowly. Furthermore, avoid contact with dogs that are eating or sleeping, as many otherwise-friendly dogs are territorial about their food and bed.
You can also protect your dog from getting into fights with other dogs by exercising caution while out and about. While walking your dog, never allow your dog to approach another dog unless given permission from the other dog's owner. Many dogs become startled or agitated by being suddenly approached by another dog and their defensive instincts to fight could kick in.
These are just a few tips to keep in mind when it comes to keeping you and your dog safe. Of course, always make sure your dog is up-to-date on vaccinations as well. If your dog needs an updated exam or vaccinations, schedule an appointment with our Canton veterinarian today by contacting us at (770) 479-1905.
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