Dog Bites

Comment on this policy All veterinarians have a professional and ethical obligation to address the issue of dog bites in the United States. Veterinarians are obligated to be fully informed and up-to-date on the latest information and resources available. The AVMA considers it inappropriate to make predictions about a given dog’s propensity for aggressive behavior based solely on its breed. The AVMA encourages state and local veterinary associations and individual veterinarians to disseminate information about dog bite prevention to various organizations including governmental agencies, schools, youth organizations, civic clubs, and the public. This information should be disseminated via different channels, including printed materials, presentations, and online educational materials. Individual veterinarians are well-positioned to assist in providing client education about dog bite prevention. Additionally, veterinarians should become more aware of recommendations to reduce dog bite risks.​

Literature Reviews:

Welfare Implications of the Role of Breed in Dog Bite Risk and Prevention (PDF)

Brochures:

Dog Bite Prevention