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313 N Figueroa St. Rm 1127
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel (213) 288-7060
Fax (213) 481-2375
vet@ph.lacounty.gov
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Teaching Children about Pet Safety and Pet Health

 

Many families in Los Angeles County and in the United States are comprised of children and pets together.  It is very important to teach children how to safely interact with pets to avoid harmful bites or trauma.  It is also important to consider the health of both the child and the pet as infants and children younger than 5 years old are more likely to get sick from the germs that animals may carry. 

 

little girl sitting with dog on bed                    boy sitting with cat on bed

 

Promoting responsible pet ownership and treating pets with compassion are the foundations for a successful relationship between children and animals.   

 

The resources below should be used to teach children how to safety interact with pets and how to properly care for a pet. 

 

 

Presentations for children (Grades K-2):

 

puppy and child with veterinarian                                puppy getting vaccinated

How to Keep Your Pet Healthy  pdf icon1  (Presentation)                         Vaccinations for Pets pdf icon1 (Presentation)

How to Keep Your Pet Healthy  pdf icon1 (Speakers Notes)                      Vaccinations for Petspdf icon1 (Speakers Notes)

 

 

child petting dog while eating                           






                                                boy feeding a dog food

Bite Prevention At Home pdf icon1 (Presentation)                             Keeping Your Pet Fit: Food and Play pdf icon1 (Presentation)

Bite Prevention At Home pdf icon1 (Speakers Notes)                        Keeping Your Pet Fit: Food and Play pdf icon1  (Speakers Notes)

 

 

Presentations for children (Grades 3-5):

 

cat with child and parent at veterinarian                           dog biting hand

Visiting the Veterinarian With Your Pet pdf icon1 (Presentation)           Bite Prevention In the Community pdf icon1 (Presentation)

Visiting the Veterinarian With Your Petpdf icon1 (Speakers Notes)       Bite Prevention In the Community pdf icon1(Notes)

 

cat getting vaccination                                    man carrying dog during a flood

Vaccination: Keeping Pets & People Healthypdf icon1(Presentation)          Emergency Preparedness & Petspdf icon1 (Presentation)

Vaccination: Keeping Pets & People Healthypdf icon1(Speakers Notes)     Emergency Preparedness & Pets pdf icon1 (Notes)

 

        

dog eating food 

Keeping Your Pet Fit: Food & Play pdf icon1(Presentation) 

Keeping Your Pet Fit: Food & Play pdf icon1 (Speakers Notes) 

     

Additional Resources

 

Don't Let the Dogs Bite: How to be Safe Around Dogs - Coloring & Activity Book - English pdf icon1  Spanish pdf icon1 - California Department of Public Health

 

Healthy Pets, Healthy People - Infants and Young Children - CDC

Stay Healthy Around Small Pets pdf icon1 - CDC

Stay Healthy Around Pet Reptiles and Amphibians pdf icon1 - CDC

Adopt These Healthy Pet Habits pdf icon1 - CDC

Wash Hands When Leaving Animal Exhibits pdf icon1 - CDC

5 Things to do RIGHT after Visiting Animals pdf icon1 - CDC

Stay Healthy Around Animals pdf icon1 - CDC

Know How to be Safe Around Animals pdf icon1 - CDC

 

Vaccinations for Pets - Learn about why vaccinations are essential to your pet's health

Spay and Neuter for Pets - Learn about why spaying or neutering your pet is good for their health

Pet Health Calendar - Find low-cost vaccination, spay/neuter resources and adoption events near you

 

Body Language of Feline Anxiety - Dr. Sophia Yin

Body Language of Fear and Anxiety in Dogs - Dr. Sophia Yin

How to Greet (and How Not to Greet) a Dog - Dr. Sophia Yin

How Kids Should (and Should Not) Interact with Dogs - Dr. Sophia Yin

Dr. Yin's Top 10 Dog Training Tips - Dr. Sophia Yin

Puppy Socialization Check-List - Dr. Sophia Yin

Bite Levels in Dogs - Dr. Sophia Yin

Dog Park Etiquette - Dr. Sophia Yin

7 Things All Dogs Need - Dr. Sophia Yin

 


Last updated: May 7, 2019

 

 
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