Being Respectful of Other Dogs at the Vet
As a pet owner, it should come as no surprise to know that when your dog is at the vet’s office, he or she is likely under a lot of stress. Factor in illness and anxiety and your dog is at a high-risk for reacting adversely to a stranger or another dog. With that in mind, it’s important to be respectful of other dogs and their owners while at the vet to prevent a Dog Bite Lawsuit.
Imagine you are at the veterinarian’s office in the waiting room. You sit with your terminally ill pet and witness a man walk in, bend over, and pet another dog without first asking the owner for permission. Next, the man walks over to you with the intention of petting your dog. However, as your dog is notoriously protective, especially under these circumstances, you warn the man not to come any closer.
While this may come across as unfriendly and the man or woman in question might claim that all dogs love them, it’s important to understand how the circumstances might affect the dog. Further, if your dog, who is ill and likely doesn’t have a long lifespan ahead, were to bite someone, he would be declared dangerous. Further, if your dog caused any other minor injury such as a scratch, and the man pressed charges, animal control would be involved and a lawsuit would likely ensue.
Therefore, if your dog were to act out of protective instinct or discomfort, you would be held liable and your dog would take the blame. While your dog may have just been protecting you against a person who entered personal space without warning or permission, he would be at fault.
We live in a society that expects all dogs to be patient and understanding with everyone, no matter how they act. Even if the person acted in a way that was inappropriate, it’s still the animal who pays the price. With added fines, lawyers, and impounding charges, this a huge threat to dog owners. What’s more, in reality, there are very few states that would even consider the events that lead up to the bite, scratch, etc.
If you are one of the pet owners who is fearful about other people petting or approaching your dog, it’s time to consider Canine Liability Insurance. As you cannot predict how other people, especially children, and dogs will behave and how your pet will react, this will provide the necessary protections you need to achieve some peace of mind.
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.