Caruthers looks at how to treat the various kinds of dog bites
associated with different types of attack
Head Wounds Serious head
injury can result when dogs of similar size fight, or when dogs are
equally aggressive. The lips, mouth, nose and ears are often
bitten. Several puncture wounds may result, usually caused by the
canine teeth. These teeth cause puncture wounds and crush the
tissue around the wound. As a result, injuries tend to be small
but painful and tend to get infected.
Bites On occassion,
one dog will pin the other down by the throat or a smaller dog will
attach itself to a larger dog's neck. The resulting wounds can be
fatal if an animals windpipe or large blood vessels in the neck are
damaged. The incisors, canines and molar teeth may all be
employed in these attacks, with wounds varying from small punctures to
shredded and torn skin.
Attacks Flank bites
occur when one dog rushes at another and bites unexpectedly with its
incisors and canines. Such attacks often result in lacerations as
a loose flap of skin becomes detached from the underlying muscle.
Dogs can seem unconcerned by these wounds and they may cause little
pain. They should be flushed generously with water and if they
are not infected thay can often be stitched up soon after injury.
Leg Injuries If an aggressive
dog attacks when a dog is running away, bites often occur round the
thighs and base of the tail. In this instance, the incisor teeth
cause lacerations and deep muscle wounds can result. These wounds
can be painful due to bruising and the damage caused when the skin is
ripped from the thigh muscle. These wounds can bleed heavily if
the muscle is badly damaged.
reprinted with kind permission
from Alastair Balmain
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