Top 10 ways to keep children and pets safe together
Children and pets can grow up together and have a great relationship. Teaching kids to learn how to properly greet a dog or cat and when to step into avoid biting is essential for pet - child safety. Too often adults trust the dog or cat will tolerate petting, reaching in the bed of a pet, or getting close to a dog with food, toy or water. Then tragedy results. Here are some simple rules to follow to keep everyone safe and happy.
- Never leave your child under the age of 5 alone with a dog even for a minute. The child goes with you, the dog goes with you, or the dog goes out of the area of the child.
- No food of any kind around dogs and kids. Keep the dog at least 8 feet away from the children when there is any kid of food around anywhere.
- Do not let your children grab the dog's toys away from them.
- Do not lay your infant on the floor, or bed with the dog nearby - may trigger predation.
- Reward your dog for non-fearful, aggressive, or anxious reactions when your children are loud or active.
- Do not allow your children to bother a sleeping dog at all
- Have many shelves, perches and places for your cat to be out of reach of loud active children but in the same room.
- Play with your cat 10 minutes a day with a feather toy on a stick - small children can do this supervised.
- Do not rush up to a cat, pat it hard or bother it when sleeping.
- Have the dog eat alone - separate area or room - bowls up when done.
Dr. Sally J Foote CABC-IAABC
Okaw Veterinary Clinic 140 W Sale Street Tuscola Il - 217-253-3221