Members of the AVMA can spread the message about dog bite prevention to their clients and communities with the AVMA’s member toolkit, which features clinic materials and tools, posts for social media, and information on why the AVMA believes that breed-specific legislation is an ineffective response to the problem of dog bites.
The AVMA report A Community Approach to Dog Bite Prevention (PDF) highlights tangible steps to implement effective programs to prevent dog bites. The AVMA recommends the following strategies for dog bite prevention:
Enforcing generic laws on dangerous dogs that are not breed specific, with an emphasis on chronically irresponsible owners
Enforcing animal control ordinances such as leash laws
Prohibiting dog fighting
Conducting school-based and adult education programs that teach about pet selection strategies, pet care and responsibility, and bite prevention
The AVMA will be promoting National Dog Bite Prevention Week on social media. Veterinarians can use the hashtag #PreventDogBites to join the larger conversation.