How Can You Help Reduce Dog Bite Liabilities at the Vet?
Visiting the Veterinarian’s office is a highly stressful experience for the majority of pets. If ever a dog were to misbehave, this would be the likely place given that they are more anxious than normal, on edge, and ready to pounce. While Veterinarians have their own liability insurance for incidents, other pet owners are at risk of your dog biting. While the bite may not be intentional and you may think it will never happen, accidents do occur and dogs are often unpredictable in high-stress situations, especially if they are injured or sick.
So what can you do as a pet owner to reduce the chance of your dog misbehaving and potentially causing a dog bite liability risk? According to veterinarian resource vetSTREET, one of the biggest mistakes that pet owners make is bringing in two dogs at a time that may already have behavioral issues. If your dogs do not always get along with each other at home, chances are that this poor behavior will be amplified in a place such as a vet’s office. With emergencies of course being an exception, it’s best to leave one dog at home while the other visits the vet.
Another mistake pet owners often make is allowing their dog to greet another. While this is typically allowed and even encouraged at areas such as dog parks or even walking around the neighborhood, if your dog or the other is sick or injured, a meet-and-greet is probably not a wise idea. Vets also recommend that pet owners restrict the use of retractable leashes; for this reason as well as accidental trip-and-fall accidents or entanglement with another dog or pet.
By taking steps to ensure that your dog is on his or her best behavior at the vet, and ensuring that they will not be able to greet another pet, you may be reducing your own liability risks. It’s important to remember that liability risks do exist and accidents do happen, therefore you should financially protect yourself with a Dog Bite Liability Insurance policy.
F.I.D.O., the Federation of Insured Dog Owners, Inc., now offers the Covered Canine Policy, an exclusive product and benefit for F.I.D.O. members only that specializes in Dog Bite Liability Insurance Programs . It will protect you should your dog bite an individual and cause harm. It does not exclude any breed of dog and starts as low as $75 per dog, per year.