How to React When Your Dog Gets Bitten!!

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Dogs are very clumsy, fast and mostly active creatures. They move a lot, don’t pay attention when excited and, most importantly, are unforeseeable. You cannot predict their next move or action, or reaction to be exact.

This unpredictable behaviour of our furry friends, make us more prone to panic when our pup is put in a dangerous situation or at least one, that we perceive as unsafe and what causes more panic than one hyperactive dog? Two!

Many people with pets like to bring their pups along when meeting or even for a visit at someone’s place and dogs don’t always get along with one another. The situation most dog owners freak out about is having their pup get into a fight with another dog, whether it be at the park, at a cafe or at a friend’s place and a dog owner’s biggest fear of pup fights? Their fluffy bestie being bitten by their opponent.

In order to find an easy solution to quickly and efficiently deal with the issue until a doctor is available, we’ve looked at advice given from professional dog trainers and behavior consultants. The certified professionals claimed that not only do most of the cases they handle, base on an incident where a dog bites or gets bitten by another, but also the most situation that causes dog parents to put their pups to training, whether it be learning when to attack and when not to, or how to defend themselves and build a stronger appealing character.

It turns out that when a dog gets a dog bite, the reaction happening after the incident could differ from one pup to the other completely, there is not repetitive behavior in that particular case. The most important thing to remember, though, is that you as a owner have to maintain your cool. Remember that dogs tend to follow their parent’s lead; if you freak out or panic, your attitude will only reflect on your furry friend. Stay calm, think and act quick in assessing the wound.

The first thing to do if your dog is bitten by another, is to calmly check for bleeding, visible wounds or physical injury. The questions, the answers of which you should be immediately observing, are:

Is the dog able to walk?
Is it psychologically stable?
Is there any visible bleeding or damage?
Does it show reaction to certain body areas that may signify internal damage?
Is the dog aggressive at the moment?
Where is the biting dog’s owner?

Those questions are not just essential to ensure your dog’s wellbeing and safety, but also mandatory to be able to provide your pup the help it truly needs, the right way. If the dog is able to walk on its own, allow it to take some independent steps as long as you feel that it does not suffer from confusion and is able to follow you. If the dog is psychologically seemingly stable, or at least doesn’t show aggressive behavior towards you as its owner, you could if necessary carry it, cautiously. In case any bleeding or visible damage has occured, make sure to question the owner of the attacking dog about its vaccination schedule, if it’s up-to-date and medical history, as well as known illnesses or diseases. The next step would be to immediately consult a doctor, to make sure your dog hasn’t caught any illnesses or didn’t get infected whatsoever. In severe cases consider the emergency at a nearby hospital to avoid the deterioration of your pup’s health situation.

Do not neglect a small puncture wound or even the entire situation as if nothing major happened just because you do not recognize visible damage. Internal injuries are very much real and very much a huge health risk. A tiny bite could cause an infection that could later on seriously put your dog’s life at risk and those who get in contact with it.

In some cases, mostly if a larger dog attacks a smaller one, X Rays and ultrasounds might be necessary and asked for by the vet, to make sure that the bones are stable and unbroken, or to locate a break or any trauma.

At last, while getting your dog the help it requires, the time between the attack and the dog’s turn at the vet is very crucial. Keep your dog from licking any wound caused by the act. It is best if you put a cone on your dog to stop them from scratching or contaminating the wound, even if the dog seems bothered by wearing it or uncomfortable. After all, your dog trusts you to be their parent and knows that whatever you do, it is first and foremost for their own safety and well-being.

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