Naturally, you should do everything you can to avoid hitting an animal. However, if you are in traffic, don’t swerve out of your lane to avoid hitting a small animal. You have a better chance of surviving an impact with a small animal than a collision with another vehicle.
Motorcycles are often chased by dogs. To avoid this, slow down a bit and down shift as you approach the animal. As you reach it, speed up. You will leave the dog behind so quickly that it will usually lose interest. If you find yourself being chased, don’t kick at the animal. It’s too easy to lose control of the motorcycle.