Press-Republican

Columns

September 15, 2012

Use caution when combining kids, dogs

With kids and dogs out and about this summer, something is bound to happen when the two groups encounter each other, particularly if a child provokes a dog, resulting in a dog provoking a child. 

Believe it or not, more than 4.5 million dog bites happen each year. Here are a few suggestions for taking the bite out of a dog’s bark.

First, teach your children to be careful around pets. They should ask permission from a dog’s owner before petting the dog, and never approach a strange dog they do not know. Remind them never to bother a dog that’s caring for puppies, sleeping or eating. Never leave a baby or small child alone with a dog. It is also important to make sure that your dog is vaccinated against rabies.

If a dog appears threatening, teach your children to stay calm and avoid eye contact. They should stay still or back away slowly until the dog leaves, but never turn and run. If a dog knocks a child down, he or she should curl into a ball and keep their hands over their face and neck.

If a bite does occur, apply pressure to stop the bleeding, and wash it out with soap and running water for several minutes. Then, cover it with sterile gauze or a band-aid, and seek medical attention to determine whether further treatment, such as stitches, antibiotics or rabies prevention is indicated.

If your child has received a bite and in the days following you notice that it appears hot, swollen, red, drains pus or they develop a fever, you should seek medical attention because this may represent an infection brewing.

Hopefully, tips like this will cover any “pet-ticular” issues you have and avoid any “cat-tastrophes” when it comes to worrying about your child getting bitten by dogs.

Dr. Lewis First is chief of Pediatrics at Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Columns
  • Terry_Mattingly.jpg Easter with doubters and the 'nones'

    Should more pastors ask this blunt question: "Do you really believe Jesus was raised from the dead?" wonders religion columnist Terry Mattingly.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Black_Peter_2014_cropped.jpg Canadiens are Canada's team

    The National Hockey League playoffs are underway, and for Canadiens fans, many of whom likely reside in the Montreal "suburb" of Plattsburgh, it is a time of hope and joy.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • little_mug.jpg There's no saw like an old saw Kaye and I laughed ourselves silly the other day as we tried to top each other with our own sayings from childhood, columnist Gordie Little writes.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Denenberg_Stu1.jpg Privacy concerns make a comeback

    There's a growing concern amongst the millennials, columnist Stu Denenberg writes.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • paul_grasso.jpg Several options exist for downtown

    Pedestrian mall just one idea that could be good for city's economic future, according to columnist Paul Grasso.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • colin_read.jpg Government can't create success on its own

    It takes a grass-roots community effort of people working together to assure future accomplishment, according to columnist Colin Read.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hagar_mug1.jpg Farmers strive for sustainability

    Conserving the land and assuring long-term profitability are two of the key goals for farmers these days, according to columnist Peter Hagar.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Black_Peter_2014_cropped.jpg Big shift in Quebec vote

    Being a man of science, Philippe Couillard, premier-designate of Quebec, chose to use a geological term (though his field is actually medicine) to describe what happened in Monday's election, writes Canadian columnist Peter Black.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Terry_Mattingly.jpg A monastery in the Hebrides, after 1,000 years

    Before Father Seraphim Aldea can build a monastery on Scotland's Mull Island, he needs to have a working septic system, writes religion columnist Terry Mattingly.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tobias_Sue_012914.jpg Old movies offer more than entertaining TV

    Columnist Susan Tobias and her husband, Toby, are reminded of simple childhood memories while watching an old black-and-white movie.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

Peter Black: Canadian Dispatch

Lois Clermont, Editor

Cornell Cooperative Extension
Richard Gast: Cornell Ag Extension

Bob Grady

Guest Columns
Peter Hagar: Cornell Ag Connection

Health Advice

Ray Johnson: Climate Science
Gordie Little: Small Talk

Terry Mattingly: On Religion

Steve Ouellette: You Had To Ask

Colin Read: Everybody's Business

Pinch of Time