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    Infectious Disease Prevention Section
    Mail Code: 1927
    PO BOX 149347 - Austin, TX 78714-9347
    1100 West 49th Street, Suite G401
    Austin, TX 78714

    Phone: (512) 776-7676
    Fax: (512) 776-7616



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(Animals, Animal Control, Animal Shelters, Animals in Disaster, Animals in Public Places,
 Animal Friendly Program,  Animal Ownership, Animal Bites)

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Make Sure He Remains "Man's Best Friend"

Did you know that a major public health problem in children is preventable? If adults, children, and dogs would all work together, many of the animal bites that occur each year in Texas simply would not happen. That is the goal of Bite Prevention Week, (insert date).

Most bites to children are caused by dogs the children know and trust. These are dogs the owner thought would never bite. Do not let your dog give you an unpleasant surprise. Here is what you can do to minimize the chances that your dog will bite.

B - I - T - E Prevention

B - Baby-sit your child. Bites to infants are usually from the family pooch. Never leave infants unsupervised with any dog.

I - Introduce your dog to your infant.

T - Train and socialize your dog.

E - Express extra attention toward your dog.

S - Spay or neuter your dog. It will reduce aggression but not protectiveness. Dogs who have not been spayed or neutered are up to 3 times more likely to bite as those who have been sterilized.

For more information, contact (insert the name and phone number of your agency).

Last updated March 5, 2021