Animals/Pet Safety

Sydney Johnson 8th Hour

Introductary Paragraph

You know that moment when you see a really cute dog or cat and want to run right over and pet it? I do, and it's not a good moment, sometimes, if it isn't a nice animal. I made this flyer to inform people to stay safe around animals. As on the picture below, this could happen to you or your pet if getting to close to a stray animal of any kind. The tips I have provided are necessary for everyone to read, and is just for your safety. You can choose to ignore this, which I don't mind. Or you can read and be safe and help others to be safe as well. The choice is yours to make.

Fact #1 What Not To Do Around Strange Animals

Don't touch or go near an animal. Although some of these animals may look cool or even cute, leave them alone. These animals aren't like regular pets. They're not used to being around people and may bite or attack if you come near them. They also might have rabies. Don't ever try to feed a wild animal. Bird feeders are okay, but other animals, even if they look really hungry, shouldn't ever be fed. When it comes to these animals, it's better for everyone if you stay away. Both indoor animals and outdoor animals need to be treated kindly all the time. This means different things depending on the animal and the situation. With a wild animal, being kind may mean staying far away so the animal doesn't feel threatened and so you stay safe.

Fact #2 What Animals Show You When Upset

Pets can't tell you if they are upset or scared, so they show you in a different language. Body language. They might do this by biting or scratching. To avoid bites and scratches listen the following steps; Never bother a pet when it's eating or pull its food or water away. Don't tease a dog or cat or pull its tail or ears. Never bother a pet when it's sleeping. Don't take a toy or bone away from a cat or dog or hold it out of reach of the animal. Never try to get near a pet with its babies. Animal mothers are very protective and will bite to keep you away. When lifting a rabbit, hamster, guinea pig, or gerbil from its cage, do it slowly. Be sure to hold the animal underneath its belly. Never pick up or hold a rabbit by its ears. When pulling an iguana, lizard, snake, or other reptile from its tank, do it slowly and carefully. Then wash your hands right away because reptiles can carry bacteria like Salmonella on their skin. Never stick your bare hand into a fish tank— most fish can't hurt you. But a few types of fish can, and do sting if they get upset. The water also contains germs that could cause a skin infection. If a pet looks sick or is injured, stay far away. An animal that normally loves to be petted and played with may get very upset and even bite when it is feeling ill. Tell an adult so he or she can get help for the animal. Also, to a strange pet you don't know, always ask the owner before reaching toward it. Any pet, domestic or not, can be dangerous.

Fact #3 What To Do Around Strange Animals

Never approach a dog that you don't know. Report stray dogs or dogs displaying unusual behavior. Remain motionless when approached by an unfamiliar dog -- never run or scream. Do not disturb any animal that is sleeping, eating, or caring for their young. If it appears that an animal is going to attack you, throw an article of clothing or something else at that animal, so that the animal can bite instead of biting you. If an animal leaps at you, cover your head and neck. It is very important that you try to keep the animal away from your head and neck. If knocked down by an animal, like a bear or dog, lie still and remain in a ball. Do not play aggressive games with your dog; for example, wrestling. Never try to separate fighting dogs. If bitten by a dog, immediately report the bite. Carefully choose your pet. Evaluate your environment and lifestyles and speak with a professional to determine the appropriate type of pet. Pets should be neutered or spayed to reduce aggressive tendencies.

Fact #4 Rabies

Rabies is a disease that naturally affects only mammals. People are mammals, and so are most of our pets like cats, dogs, and bunnies. Lots of farm animals like cows and horses are mammals, and so are wild animals like foxes and skunks, raccoons and bats. Birds, snakes, and fish are not mammals, so they can´t get rabies and they can´t give it to you.

Some other common wild animals that may have or get rabies are skunks, coyotes, bats, and foxes. It would be really rare for rats, mice, squirrels, or groundhogs to get rabies, but it does happen sometimes.

Wild Animal Safety

But No Matter What, Save Pets From Abuse...

Abusing animals is not a good thing either. Some people steal other's pets, just to abuse them. Lots of abusers make the pets fight each other, then dump them. That is sometimes how most stray dogs end up attacking people and other animals. Because they have been abused and tortured. Never, in your life, ever, abuse an animal. Adopt and care for an abused animal if you are looking for one. Not one of those that have been trained badly to fight, but the ones who don't know what they did wrong. To the ones with the big, sad eyes that are wondering why they have been hit, stabbed, kicked, and hurt for nothing but the enjoyment of the one who did so. The ones that are shaking in their cage, hoping that their master won't come and beat them up again. Those are the ones, the helpless animals, that have been abused. Don't be an abuser, help stop the abusing.