How can animal bites be prevented?

Updated: Sep 14, 2020
  • Author: Suzanne K Doud Galli, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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See the list below:

  • Exposure to animals is clearly a risk.

  • The best preventative strategy is to avoid aggressive behavior with animals and avoid unfamiliar animals.

  • Teaching young children to avoid unnecessary provocation of animals may lead to fewer incidents of animal bites.

  • Not leaving children unattended in the presence of animals may also prevent attacks.

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