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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):

 

Picture of children petting dog on the sofa with parent                               

How to Keep Your Pet Healthy - Presentation pdf icon1 | Speakers Notes pdf icon1

Como Mantener Tus Mascotas Saludables En Casa - Presentacin pdf icon1 | Notas del presentador pdf icon1

 

puppy getting vaccinated

Vaccinations for Pets - Presentation pdf icon1 | Speakers Notes pdf icon1

Vacunas para Mascotas - Presentacin pdf icon1 | Notas del presentador pdf icon1

 

child petting dog while eating

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bite Prevention At Home - Presentation pdf icon1 | Speakers Notes pdf icon1

Tu y Tu Mascota: Prevencin de Mordeduras en Casa - Presentacin pdf icon1 | Notas del presentador pdf icon1

 

boy feeding a dog food

Keeping Your Pet Fit: Food and Play - Presentation pdf icon1 | Speakers Notes pdf icon1

Mantener a Tu Mascota en Forma: Comida Y Juego - Presentacin pdf icon1 | Notas del presentador pdf icon1

 

Presentations for children (Grades 3-5):

 

cat with child and parent at veterinarian

Visiting the Veterinarian With Your Pet - Presentation pdf icon1 | Speakers Notes pdf icon1

Visitando al Veterinario con tu Mascota - Presentacin pdf icon1 | Notas del presentador pdf icon1

 

dog biting hand

Bite Prevention In the Community - Presentation pdf icon1 | Speakers Notes pdf icon1

Perros en la communidad: Qu debemos hacer para prevenir mordeduras? Presentacinpdf icon1|Notas del presentadorpdf icon1

 

cat getting vaccination

Vaccination: Keeping Pets & People Healthy - Presentation pdf icon1 | Speakers Notes pdf icon1

Vacunas: Manteniendo a la Gente y a las Mascotas Saludables - Presentacin pdf icon1 | Notas del presentador pdf icon1

        

dog eating food 

Keeping Your Pet Fit: Food & Play - Presentation pdf icon1 | Speakers Notes pdf icon1

Mantener Tu Mascota en Forma: Comida Saludable y Ejercicio - Presentacin pdf icon1 | Notas del presentador pdf icon1

 

man carrying dog during a flood

Emergency Preparedness & Pets - Presentation pdf icon1 | Speakers Notes pdf icon1

Preparacin de Emergencia para Ti y Tus Mascotas - Presentacin pdf icon1 | Notas del presentador pdf icon1

     

Additional Resources

 

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

No Dejes Que Los Perros Te Muerdan: Cmo Sentirte Seguro Junto A Los Perros - Libro De Actividad Para Colorear pdf icon1- CDPH

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: March 25, 2021

 

 
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