With Halloween almost here and Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, the holidays can be a stressful time for both dogs and their owners. Incidents of dog bites appear to increase this time of year, and is often due to dogs being surrounded by an increase of movement, unfamiliar environments, and people who may scare or anger them! In order to keep both pets and owners safe this holiday season, our law firm has a few tips to offer:
- Consider separating the dog in a quiet, familiar area when people are over. Give them food, water, and some treats to occupy them and make them feel comfortable.
- Put one family member in charge of checking in on the dog, making sure they are safe, and being aware of any signs of stress.
- Don’t allow your children to pet or hug unfamiliar dogs without the owner’s permission.
- Assign one adult to watch one child, not multiple children, for the duration of their visit.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury or disfigurement from a dog bite, please do not hesitate to contact the law office of Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr. Attorney Doug Stoehr has experience in handling dog bite cases, and will thoroughly evaluate your claim. Call us today at (814) 946-4100 for a free initial consultation.