What to Expect During and After a Dog Fight Emergency
It’s summer in Buffalo, and hopefully all you dog lovers are enjoying letting your buddy get out and exercise as much as possible! Trips around town, going to get a little pup cup of ice cream, and hitting the dog park are all some of the best parts of having a dog. The reality is that anytime there are any other dogs around it’s important to stay vigilant and be protective of your dog. Even the sweetest boy is still an animal at heart, and that means they may be aggressive if attacked by another animal. If your dog is attacked by another dog or gets in a fight with another dog, it’s always important to call your vet even if no wounds are visible. As an emergency vet based here in Buffalo NY, we can be available if your regular vet isn’t.
Here are 3 things to think about if your dog, unfortunately, does get in a fight with another dog.
- Immediate Care
- Call ER
- Treatment & Aftercare
Dog fights are dangerous. Not only for the animals involved, but anyone who’s tried to break up a dog fight knows it’s dangerous for the humans in the equation as well. Breaking up a dog fight safely isn’t easy, but once you have the animals separated it’s important to remain as calm as possible. You may feel extremely afraid and anxious inside, but animals can sense and react to human nervousness. Your confidence and calmness are very important.
Once the animals are safely separated, and secure, while remaining calm with your animal take a look to see if they have any bleeding. Apply a clean towel or piece of clothing to try and stop the bleeding. Stabilizing the situation first in a calm and confident manner is the first step.
If your regular veterinarian is available, always call them after a dog fight. If you can’t reach your vet, you can always call an emergency vet like ours to get in touch immediately. Treatment for injuries must happen quickly and injuries could worsen if precious time is wasted. Bite marks, scrapes, and other punctures that occur during a dog fight are the most obvious injuries, but often injuries can occur below the surface. Smaller dogs especially are at risk when in a fight with a larger dog, as their organs can be damaged inside the dog’s chest or abdomen. If not treated properly, a dog fight can lead to internal bleeding, or a punctured lung, which can ultimately lead to death.
As soon as the situation has been stabilized, call the vet immediately and let them know what happened so they can be best prepared.
Treatment and Aftercare
Transporting your animal to the hospital should be done with confidence and calmness. Your dog may be very upset, anxious, and/or even angry. Depending on the severity of the injuries, you may need assistance in transporting your animal to the car. If you call our 24-hour hospital, we will help direct you to your next best action based on the situation. When transporting the animal be careful with their head and neck, to avoid worsening any potential damage to the spine. Towels may be used around the head or neck to try and avoid biting while you move the animal. Once secured, we will handle everything from the point you get to our hospital.
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We will treat any external injuries by cleaning and closing any wounds and providing any necessary medication to avoid infection. If the injuries are severe, we will use imaging and other technology to assess internal injuries and provide insight on the next best course of action for treatment.
We hope that this blog is helpful for dog owners to know that if something happens to their best friend, we are here to help. Dog fights are scary for everyone involved, but as a proud parent of your dog, you should be aware of what to do in case of an emergency. We hope we never have to meet you or your doggie because of a dog fight, but in the event something occurs, we can be available if your vet is closed or unavailable. Remember to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and stay tuned to the blog for more info on pet emergencies!