More than 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year, and more than half of them are children. Dog Bite Prevention Week® starts this Sunday, April 9, and offers veterinarians a great opportunity to help educate clients and the public about dog bite prevention. Is your clinic prepared?
Join us in sharing information about dog bite prevention with this easy-to-use toolkit of resources available to AVMA members. For your clinic, there are printable brochures, fliers and other handouts related to dog bite prevention, socialization and rabies. You also can direct clients to our public resources on dog bite prevention at avma.org/dogbiteprevention. We especially encourage you to get the word out on social media with our tips, sample posts and downloadable images to share with your fans and followers.
As you prepare to promote Dog Bite Prevention Week®, remember that National Pet Week® is coming up in early May. Our National Pet Week® toolkit for veterinarians makes it easy to spread the word in your clinic and around your community. Here are a few ways you can begin planning for Pet Week:
- Schedule social media promotions using copy-and-paste social media posts and ready-to-download images.
- Engage your community and civic leaders by customizing this National Pet Week® proclamation and asking your mayor, governor or other elected officials to endorse this important event.
- Visit AVMA.org/petweek to see more ways to celebrate National Pet Week® in your clinic and promote it within your community!
Pet health and safety observances like Dog Bite Prevention Week® and National Pet Week® provide important information to pet owners, demonstrate the importance of the veterinarian in the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship, and help you show yourself as the knowledgeable, passionate and caring professional you are. AVMA strives to make it easy for you to join us in promoting these observances with ready-to-use toolkits and resources.
Thank you for your participation!