How can you tell if a veterinary patient's bark is worse than his bite? Study Dr. Christina Winn's safety tips before you kiss that dog.
1. Ask first, kiss second. Always ask if the pet is friendly and find out the patient's sensitive areas, such as his or her feet or ears.
2. Read the breed. Remember that rottweilers, huskies, pit bulls, German shepherds, and terriers are more likely to bite.
3. Never kiss a growling patient. Ever.
4. Respect puppy space. Don't corner patients during the exam—that may appear threatening. Instead, set them on an exam table or examine the dog in the middle of the room.