National Dog Bite Prevention Week® is moving to April

Published on March 08, 2017

National Dog Bite Prevention Week

Previously held in May, Dog Bite Prevention Week® will now be observed in the second full week of April each year. Join us April 9-15, 2017, in sharing dog bite prevention resources, educating clients and helping to protect both humans and animals.

Despite the date change, you still have plenty of time to let your clients know about National Dog Bite Prevention Week®, and we have resources to help you do so.

For your clinic

Promoting National Dog Bite Prevention Week® on social media is easy for AVMA members with our social media tips and downloadable social media images. Use the hashtag #DogBitePrevention to connect with the larger conversation.

To jump start in-person conversations with your clients, we encourage you to use AVMA's client brochures and other resources related to dog bites and dog bite prevention. These include:

We also have information regarding breed-specific legislation (BSL), including sample advocacy letters, and a literature review on the role of breed in dog bite prevention.

For pet owners

For pet owners seeking more information about dog bites and their impact on public health, you can point them to information on how to respond to dog bite emergencies, how dog bite prevention plays a role in reducing the risk of rabies infection, and how to recognize risky situations.

More public resources can be found at

For children

The dog bite prevention conversation is particularly important in regards to children. Teaching children how to safely interact with dogs is part of the solution to reducing the number of kids bitten by dogs. Our Jimmy the Dog videos are perfect for introducing children to the topic, and you can play them on televisions in your clinic waiting room or share them on your social media.

Jimmy the Dog video topics include:

We also have a list of tips related to teaching children about dog bite prevention and a dog bite prevention coloring book to introduce the topic gently.

With resources and tools designed for veterinary professionals, it’s easy to educate  clients and reduce the estimated 4.5 million dog bites reported every year in the United States.