Dogs love to meet new friends and run around while off their leashes. Your
neighborhood dog park in Riverside could be an excellent opportunity for
safe socialization and exercise for both you and your furry friend. But
be mindful of the potential health hazards that might land you in the
hospital. If an incident does occur, the Emergency Room in
Riverside Community Hospital is always open.
Choose the Right Dog Park
Before letting your faithful companion off his or her leash, take a few
minutes to assess the dog park. Avoid parks that have dogs that look aggressive
or fearful. Avoid dog parks in which the other owners are inattentive
to their animals.
Respond Appropriately to Unfamiliar Dogs
Kids are taught to not approach unfamiliar dogs without permission. This
is also a good rule for adults. Even if a dog appears friendly, always
ask the owner if it’s all right for you to pet him or her. Never
pet an unfamiliar dog without letting the dog sniff you first. If an unfamiliar
dog approaches you and appears aggressive, stay still and remain calm.
Avoid direct eye contact, turn your body partially away from the dog,
and say “No!” in a firm tone of voice.
Handle Dog Attacks Effectively
If a dog does attack you, you can reduce the risk of serious injuries by
placing an object like a handbag or trash can between you and the dog.
If the dog knocks you over, curl up, touch your chin to your chest, and
cover your ears and neck with your hands. If you get bitten, seek emergency
care promptly. Even if the wound does not appear serious, dog
bites pose a significant risk of infections.
Break up Dog Fights Safely
No pet parent likes to see a furry friend fighting with another dog, but
it’s important not to get between two fighting dogs. Never assume
that your own dog won’t bite you. In the midst of a fight, even
your own faithful companion may see you as an aggressor. Instead, grasp
your dog’s back legs and pick them up as though you were handling
a wheelbarrow. Ideally, the other dog’s owner will copy your actions.
Riverside Community Hospital is a leading provider of emergency and trauma
services for individuals throughout the greater Riverside area. If you’ve
sustained major trauma in a dog attack, please call 911 without delay.
Otherwise, you can call a registered nurse at our hospital at (951) 788-3463.