We have all seen the photos on social media of babies and their pets. Usually the infant is napping and a dog or cat is sleeping right beside him or her. It may be an adorable scene but pets are still animals and their behaviour unpredictable.
Pam learned this the hard way. She left her daughter Antonella sleeping in her car seat while she picked up her belongings in another room after she attended a friend’s baby shower. “In those few seconds that I was getting the diaper bag and my phone, my friend’s cat came out of nowhere, jumped into the car seat, and started attacking my precious baby,” she later shared on Facebook.
The medical staff treating Antonella were not at all surprised that the feline attacked a baby. They admitted they see situations of otherwise calm and loving animals turning on a child.
Antonella will not require plastic surgery in the future as the lacerations were not deep.
“PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE MOMMAS, BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR KIDS AROUND ANIMALS! I wouldn’t like any other mother to go through what I am going through,” Pam urged on Facebook.
Pit bulls, German Shepherds, and Dobermans may put parents on alert when they get near children.
But a small and medium sized canine can do a lot of damage.
Evy was bitten by her uncle’s pug.
She has had four surgeries and over 100 stitches. The little girl is also suffering from PTSD.
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The canine ripped through five layers of skin.
This was not the first time the dog had attacked Evy. Her mom said the first time, the animal just bit through two layers of skin. Both time the canine was not put down but rather quarantined for 10 days.
Approximately four million people are attacked by dogs every year.
Of those 800,000 require hospital visits. More than half of the victims are children.
Dogs are pack animals and may consider themselves superior to the child in the pack hiaerchy.
Furthermore, children do not always understand boundaries and may not understand the physical warnings an animal gives off prior to attacking.
The majority of attacks occur by a dog or cat the child is familiar with. In addition to the emotional and physical scarring, bites can also carry other dangerous consequences.
Tetanus, rabies, Capnocytophaga spp, and Pasteurella are some of the diseases dogs or cats can pass on to humans from a bite.
Most often dogs will go for the face, neck, and head.
Teaching children from a young age what to do may save their lives. Standing still and sideways, avoiding eye contact, and keeping their hands to their necks are important ways to deflect an attack. If the animal does indeed go after a child, teaching them to roll into a ball covering their ears and neck is important.
Even if it is a beloved family pet, never leave a child and animal alone, unattended.
It takes second for an animal to attack and kill a child.