Jun
21
2016

How we Cause Dangerous Situations at the Vet

How we Cause Dangerous Situations at the VetFor most pets, visiting the vet can cause extreme anxiety and uncertainty. So, as pet parents, it is our responsibility to ensure their visit goes off without a hitch and that we don’t do anything to further stress out our four-legged friends. What might appear to be a seemingly harmless scenario at the vet could cause your dog to react adversely or injure another unintentionally. With that said, let us take a closer look at dangerous situations at the vet and how to avoid them to reduce Dog Owner Liability.

Talking on your cell phone.

Naturally, when talking on the phone you are going to be distracted. So, when paying a bill or talking to the veterinarian, put the phone down. Otherwise, you are at risk for letting your dog stray, engage with sick animals, bother strangers, and more.

Retractable leashes.

According to Dogster, the thin cord used on retractable leashes has caused documented cases of serious injury — including cuts requiring stitches, even finger and tail amputations; if that cord unspools suddenly, it can slice through the skin or get wrapped around anyone in the near vicinity. Instead, use a traditional leash and maintain better control over your pet.

Not supervising children.

Kids may be enthusiastic about petting new dogs. However, if the dog is sick, he may not be in the best spirits and may resort to biting or snapping. Watch your kids in the vet’s office and always ask for permission before petting the dogs. Further, bear in mind that some ailments are transferable to people, so beware!

Not supervising your pet.

Pet on pet interaction at the vet can be a recipe for disaster. Even the most even-tempered dog might resort to biting in an uncomfortable environment with an unfamiliar dog. So, watch as they interact and be mindful of the fact that whatever brought them to the vet that day might be contagious.

There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog-bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs, and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (855) 534-6495.

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