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Bite Wounds on Dogs

Dog bites are common in more domineering breeds who have Dog Aggression issues, and often occurs when two adult dogs are brought together for the first time. However, even dogs that have lived together for a long time can fight, such as fighting over food. Bite wounds that break through a dog’s skin are contaminated instantly with bacteria, which make the chance of infection higher.

Bite wounds on dogs usually happen during dog fights.

Symptoms and Treatment of Mild and Severe Bite Wounds

If you witness your dog in a fight, you can tell instantly if there is serious biting happening by listening to the sounds the dogs are making. Bite wounds may cause blood, draining, swelling, and limping – which can occur if there was biting in the spine or legs. Whether the fight was severe or mild, if the skin is broken, it is necessary to visit your veterinarian for proper treatment as soon as possible.

Normally, the veterinarian will shave all the hair away from where the wounds are, this allows the wounds to heal and helps to determine if stitching is needed. The wounds are cleaned with an antiseptic or disinfectant, and the dog is started on antibiotics to prevent infection, in most cases. If your dog was in a fight with a dog you do not know, a test of the wounds is checked for bacteria.

Safely Breaking up a Dog Fight

Do not get in the middle of a dogfight in an attempt to break it up, the dog could serious injure the owner simply because he is in a fight-mode. If you witness a dog in a fight, just saying "NO" sternly may snap them out of it, but many times, if the fight is severe, the dog does not hear you or ignores you. The idea is to get the dogs apart and snap them back to reality, when a dog is in a fight-mode, their mind becomes fixated on their opponent. If the fight is outdoors, water can often separate the dogs. Even if the fight is indoors, a glass of water can break up the fight.

Preventing a Dog Fight

Preventing a dogfight is the best scenario and people with aggressive breeds must take them to obedience training early in their lives, as this will prevent them from ever getting to the point of fighting.

Final Thoughts

If you have ever witnessed a dogfight, it is not a fun experience; your dog can turn from a sweet family pet to a domineering fighting machine in a second's notice if placed with an unfamiliar dog in the wrong circumstances. Two males are more prone to fight as are two females, but it is less common between a male and a female. Many people make the mistake of thinking they can simply stand in the middle of the fight or grab the dog by his collar and end the fight, but this often leads to serious injury, so never get in the middle of a dogfight with your bare hands.

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