Do Not Ignore Your Tetanus Shot After a Dog Bite in Ohio

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 4.5 million dog bites incidents occur annually in the US. About 885,000 people seek medical help for dog bites every year. Out of these individuals, about 3 to 18 percent contract infections like tetanus. Compared to the past, the incidence of tetanus infections has now been reduced in the United States and many other advanced countries … [Read more...]

Do Dogs Smell Your Fear And How To Overcome The Fear Of Dogs?

There is an old proverb that says that dogs can smell our fear. But is this true? What is it that dogs see when they look at a scared and nervous human? Do they get a whiff of your terror, and if yes, will it have an impact on their behavior toward you? Does the fear of dogs increase or decrease your chances of being bitten? Such questions have likely baffled mankind from the time the first … [Read more...]

Service Animal Laws in Ohio For People With Disabilities

An individual with a disability may need support from a service animal throughout their entire life. Both federal laws and the laws in Ohio offer various types of protection for the use of a service animal in different situations, such as public areas, employment premises, housing, educational institutions, and public transportation. A person with disability who requires the use of a service … [Read more...]

All You Need to Know About Service Dogs For Brace And Mobility Assistance

Brace and Mobility Support Dogs (BMSD), which are also called Mobility Assistance Dogs or Mobility Support Dogs, refer to a special Medical Assistance Dog that is trained to help their disabled or mobility impaired handler with locomotion (here, locomotion is defined as going from one point to another by whatever means, including walking or in wheelchair). Mobility dogs can assist people … [Read more...]

Top 11 Service Dog Breeds

Almost any dog of any breed can be trained to become a service dog. Yet, there are some service dog breeds that are more popular than others. This is not because of any deficiency per se in the dog, or the breed. But some breeds are more naturally aligned with the physical and mental makeup required of a service dog. This can include the dog’s physical traits, his or her character, and temper. … [Read more...]

The History of the Service Dog

The relationship between humans and dogs has remained strong throughout the ages. While there is no concrete evidence to show when, where, or how the first canine (possibly a wolf) managed to overcome its fear of humans and accept them as companions or friends, it probably happened during the phase when human beings were primarily hunters and food gatherers which was long before the Cleveland … [Read more...]

Dog Breeding For Aggressive Dog Behavior

Dogs are said to be a man’s best friend. However, for some pet owners, this friendship can come with bumps in the road. Their pet’s innocent puppy eyes and drippy kisses can soon turn into violent biting, barking, and growling. There are some dogs where this transition can be seen at a more rapid pace than others. What leads these dogs to it? What causes their aggressive behavior? There is, in … [Read more...]

Can Dogs Smell Fear?

If you are afraid of a strange or aggressive dog and you approach it in a fearful manner—your breathing could be elevated, you may be sweating and hormones may be surging through your body—but can that dog smell your fear? Most animal experts believe a dog cannot literally “smell fear.” They theorize that humans give dogs stronger reasons to bite than odor. The New York Times Science … [Read more...]

Tips for Avoiding Dog Attacks and Preventing Dogs from Biting

Here are some general tips about how to behave around a dog followed by recommendations on things you should never do around a dog, many of them provided by the American Veterinary Medical Association. We also offer some tips from a dog warden and some specific instructions on what to do if a dog attacks you or appears it is about to. How to avoid owning a dog that bites is also discussed … [Read more...]

Recommendations for Treating a Dog Bite Injury from Ohio Healthcare Professionals

Corinne Gemberling is an emergency room nurse who has seen her share of dog bite injuries in her shift at a Cleveland, Ohio area hospital. She has also observed wounds inflicted by cats and treated bites where a human has bitten another person. The most frequent problem Gemberling has seen in treating dog bites is that too many people wait too long before coming to the ER. When they come in … [Read more...]