dog-bite

((I’m still bothered by people acting like scars are gross. Like the ones on my chest and shoulders and the scars on my lips from the dog bites. It makes me nauseous and think that my boyfriend might not want to cuddle or kiss me when we meet or hate touching my skin.

I dunno

But that’s why I don’t judge others for their scars or for their skin. I’d like to live in a place where we didn’t have to feel like shit for how the outside of our body looks))

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Leave that pooch alone! Dogs use “calming signals” to self-soothe and avoid conflict when stressed. These signals are a good indicator of an uneasy dog - one who should be taken out of whatever situation is causing him stress. Fear motivates biting more often than aggression.

  • Shifty ears are a sign of hypervigilance.
  • Flattened ears may show stress or submission, desire to avoid conflict.
  • Tense posture including a stiff tail.
  • Avoiding eye contact by turning the head or showing the whites of the eyes is a method of conflict avoidance.
  • May crouch or cower slightly.
  • Highly alert with ears forward, eyes fixed, and body stiff.
  • Yawning doesn’t mean tired - it helps relieve tension.
  • Panting doesn’t always mean happy - watch for other stress signals when your dog is panting.
  • Lip-licking means anticipation - not necessarily of something delicious.
  • Shaking off water that isn’t there is an attempt to shake off tension.
  • Scratching is another way to try and shed tension.
  • Making oneself prone and passive is the ultimate submissive, conflict-avoidant gesture.

Since the Feb. 20 attack, the pit bull Mickey has become the object of a Facebook page that has gotten more than 40,000 likes and an online petition to spare his life.

I am not going to lie, people. I’m disappointed. This animal didn’t just nip a child, he lunged at the child, got him in the face, and managed to actually break bones in the child’s face. He’s permanently disfigured and will likely require multiple surgeries, and instead of a facebook group to help the child’s family with medical bills, there’s a facebook group trying to put the dog, which has killed another dog before, in a NEW home?

This animal is a massive liability. It needs to be put down. This isn’t a simple nip with blood, this kid was mauled. MAULED. By a dog that has mauled other dogs to death before. This dog isn’t a pet. This dog cannot be safely rehomed.

And there are 40,000 people who’d want to put that animal in another home after it permanently disfigured a little boy? When an animal like this proves itself a danger to not only other animals but human beings as well, it has to go. I’m sorry, there’s no fucking wiggle room for this.

40,000 likes on a fucking Facebook page to rehome this dangerous animal. Would you want a dog that killed another dog and tried to eat the face off a toddler in your backyard? or your neighbor’s backyard?

This stupid hippy dippy fluffy bunny “look at the cute doggy!” bullshit has to end. I’ll tell you right now that if any dog ever bit the face off of my kid, or killed one of my animals, animal control wouldn’t even be able to find its body, let alone have time for a forty thousand strong thrall of senseless imbeciles to make it a fucking facebook page.

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This beagle got attacked by a much larger dog, and it just laid her open.

Top pic: Because they couldn’t afford the emergency clinic, the owners staunched the bleeding, rinsed out the wound, and applied a livestock antiseptic spray to get her through until we opened in the morning. The wound’s dark purple-black appearance is due to the spray, not severe bruising or necrosis. Whew!

Middle pic: We got the poor girl anesthetized and prepped the wound for surgery. It cleaned up real nice, but as usual turned out to be much more extensive than we could tell prior to clipping away the hair and probing the wound.

Bottom pic: Doc sutured her up and placed several drains. She was sent home with antibiotics and pain meds. The drains were pulled 5 days later, but at her following recheck she had a small non-healing area that had filled up with pus again. Dr. — trimmed up the edges, placed a new drain, and switched her antibiotics. That did the trick! She eventually made a full recovery :)