10 Tips to Prevent Dog Bites: What Kids Need to Know

Besides the pool and the beach, summertime is the time for dog bites. The hot weather combined with active get-togethers create the perfect combination for accidents waiting to happen in the form of dog bites. 

Naturally, children are more prone to being bitten by dogs, largely because due to age or ignorance, not all of them know the proper way to behave around dogs.

Below are 10 tips you and your children must know about approaching and playing with dogs, especially in the summertime.

1. Dogs get overheated and cranky...just like us.

Sometimes they need to not be around people. Pet owners can do them a favor and keep them away from people during family get-togethers and barbecues.

Could Your Dog Have Chagas Disease?

Many of our furry four-legged friends love to bask in the sun or wrestle with other dogs in the soft green grass. As owners, we know how essential outdoor exercise is for our dogs, especially certain breeds. It would be comforting to believe our pets are completely safe while enjoying the outdoors, but this is rarely the case.

Chagas, a potentially fatal disease transmitted to animals through insects, is a danger for both inside and outside dogs. The disease is caused by the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, which is spread to dogs through insects in the Reduviidae family, also commonly known as cone-nose or kissing bugs. Dr. Ashley Saunders, associate professor of cardiology at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explains how insects are effective at spreading the disease.

“The T. cruzi organism is transmitted to the host from a bite from an infected bug or ingestion of an infected bug,” Saunders said. She also added that dogs can contract the disease without coming into contact with an insect. “Transplacental transmission has also been reported as a method of transmission.” This means the disease can be spread from a mother to her offspring.

5 Summer Dangers for Pets

Summer brings its own set of challenges when it comes to taking care of our dogs. If we feel hot and miserable, so do our pups. If we need extra water and some shade, our dogs do, too. Yet unlike us, they can't speak up and tell us when they need help so we need to close pay attention to their needs.

The ASPCA created the helpful infographic below to help pet owners keep their animals safe during the hot summer months, along with a list of 5 summer dangers: