Activate ReciteMe accessibility assistance Print this page

Animal Safety

Many families have pets and this can help teach children kindness and develop their social skills.

Children like to kiss and cuddle and get close to animals but this is not how animals show love they may find it frightening and bite or scratch.

Remember that however gentle and well trained your pet might be they still rely on their animal instincts. They can react in unexpected ways when they are frightened or stressed. This can make animals like dogs dangerous. Children have been badly injured and even killed by family pets.

Never leave small children and pets unattended together – even for the shortest time. Even if they seem to have got used to each other there is a risk.

*Click Here* for information on introducing dogs to babies.

  • Make sure your pet always has a place to go to get away from everyone when they need it.
  • Teach your child from a young age that they must leave their pet alone when it goes there and when it is asleep.
  • Always feed pets like dogs away from children – animals will defend their food.
  • Teach your child never to go up to animals they do not know.
  • It can help to play sounds of babies crying to your dog before a new baby is born. This can get you dog used to the sound and feel less stressed during periods of baby crying. 

Hygiene is especially important when you have pets.

  • Wash your hands and your child’s hands well every time you touch a pet and always before eating.
  • Clean up any animal poo straight away and wash your hands carefully. It can harm people; especially children and pregnant women.
  • Wash animal bedding regularly.

Make sure your dog is treated for fleas and worms as required – discuss this with your vet. *Click Here* to find a local vet.

 

Who Can Help?

Charities like PDSA, RSPCA, Dog’s Trust often have information on their website and can offer training and support.

If you are worried about your pet's behaviour, speak to your vet.

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

You can speak to other Norfolk parents and carers by clicking our online community forum below. 

 

Other Useful Pages

Log In / Create an account

  • 👍 ⭐ We are happy to announce that https://t.co/2HHJNVBx8P is now back up and running as normal! Thank you for your… https://t.co/p7EkEbySeS NorfolkCYP / 15 October 2021
  • ⚠️https://t.co/2HHJNVBx8P is currently working very slowly 🐌 and may not load as expected. This is being fixed and… https://t.co/LBAbFZSqcA NorfolkCYP / 15 October 2021
  • ☎️We are still here, but we do get quite busy! You can leave us a voicemail (please leave your child's name, DOB an… https://t.co/OTD0NptYK8 NorfolkCYP / 15 October 2021
  • RT @familyvoicenfk: 🗓 Another date for your diary! Join us at yet another of our popular ‘Let’s Talk’ events coming up. 📧 To book your fr… NorfolkCYP / 14 October 2021
  • RT @ccs_nhst: Did you know that you can now book your flu jab appointment online? Visit our flu page on the staff intranet to find out how… NorfolkCYP / 14 October 2021
  • Are you looking for a new role? We are looking for new administrators to join our team! Find out more and apply CL… https://t.co/byc0znjCL9 NorfolkCYP / 13 October 2021
  • 🐻 Please bear with us! 🐻You can leave us a voicemail (please leave your child's name, DOB and postcode), text us on… https://t.co/FOuCZB7Q52 NorfolkCYP / 13 October 2021
  • RT @ccs_nhst: 📣 CCS staff - As today's #InternationalComingOutDay, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to launch our new LGBTQ+ Netwo… NorfolkCYP / 11 October 2021
  • We are still here, but we do get quite busy! You can leave us a voicemail, text us on 07520631590 or search on… https://t.co/aoh216aO1O NorfolkCYP / 11 October 2021
  • If your child has a high temperature, it is ok to give them paracetamol and ibuprofen. Always check the correct dos… https://t.co/sgu5GZd8tC NorfolkCYP / 08 October 2021

Our Partners

Close the mobile menu