When Another Animal Bite Your Dog

Golden retriever playing with another pet dog

Because puppies are curious, they may approach an unfamiliar dog or even a wild animal, risking an animal bite. What if your puppy is bitten in the worst-case scenario? Rabies can be spread by bites from wild animals or unfamiliar pets. Cats who are annoyed by a persistent puppy may chomp, and needle-sharp feline teeth can cause puncture bites that aren't visible beneath the fur. Almost all cat bites become septic, enlarge, and develop an abscess.

Bites from Dogs

Other dogs are one of the most prevalent sources of animal attacks in pups. Dogs may bite to defend their territory or resources, out of fear or protection, or to attack prey. Dogs from the neighborhood, stray or wild dogs, and coyotes can injure or kill your puppy.

Dog bites may be quite dangerous. When the attacker jerks his head, the canine teeth pierce the skin, ripping and tearing the muscle beneath. Consider the damage do when a puppy clutches and rattles a plush toy—then magnify that by two or three to see what happens to the puppy's delicate body.

Internal organs, bones, and eyeballs can all be damaged or pulled out of their sockets. In the same way that "shaken baby syndrome" can harm a growing infant's brain, the shaking may physically "rattle his brains" and cause personality/emotional problems.

Veterinary care is required for all animal bite wounds. First aid, on the other hand, can assist avoid infection (it takes bacteria about an hour before it causes problems). When your puppy's are serious, first aid may be required to preserve his life and keep him alive until you can bring him to the doctor for professional care.


First Aid for Animal Bites

Break Up The Fight: First and foremost, stop the attack. Take extreme caution not to become a bitten victim yourself. When a human approaches, wild animals and cats often flee. Use an air horn to frighten and chase the assailant away from the victim with dogs. Spraying the dog with a hose or putting a pail of water on the attacking dog may also be effective. Grabbing the aggressive dog, on the other hand, may provoke an attack. If you have to make contact, seize his tail or his back legs and "wheelbarrow" him away from the victim.

Is Puppy Actually Breathing? Some biting injuries can cause the diaphragm to rip or puncture the lungs. Puppies may cease breathing as a result of this. You'll need to do rescue breathing if this happens. This may re-start the breathing, or you may need to maintain breathing support on the journey to the veterinarian.

Check the Puppy's Heartbeat: If you don't hear a heartbeat, don't think your puppy can't be helped. Feel for a heartbeat by cupping your palm around the point of his chest, just behind his "elbow," and if it isn't there, do CPR.

Shock: Even if the puppy's breathing and heart rate remain normal, a bite injury might result in shock. He might be bleeding from deep bites or bruises on the interior of his body, and the shock could kill him in less than 20 minutes. Keep him warm and calm, and bring him to the veterinarian as quickly as possible.

Confine Your Puppy: Because bites are extremely painful, you'll need to restrain your puppy in order to treat the infant dog and prevent him from aggravating the damage.

Control Bleeding: As with individuals, the best technique to control bleeding is to apply steady, persistent pressure. Most bite wounds don't bleed much, and stopping the bleeding with a clean soft washcloth and strong pressure should take approximately five minutes.

Clean Around the Area: Your veterinarian will prescribe antibacterial ointments or other drugs, but you may assist prevent additional infection by cleaning around the wound. You can use a little warm water and unscented soap. If your puppy is in a lot of discomfort, have your doctor clean the wound first so that sedative and pain medicine may be administered, or numb the area.

Provide relief: Use an ice pack to ease discomfort until you acquire a prescription from your veterinarian. Soak a washcloth in cold water, ring it out, and lay it over the wound, followed by an ice pack.

For Serious Eye and Belly Bites

Provide a Belly Band: Bites that puncture the abdomen can cause the internal organs to become exposed or even leak out. Wrap a clean towel around the puppy's midsection and back and bind with an elastic bandage to keep his stomach together. Use a self-sticking plastic wrap if you don't have a bandage.

If the eyeball falls out of its socket, cover it with a sterile gauze pad or fresh makeup sponge soaked in contact lens saline solution or warm water until the puppy can go to the doctor.

If you suspect your pet is sick, call your vet immediately. For health-related questions, always consult your veterinarian, as they have examined your pet, know the pet's health history, and can make the best recommendations for your pet.