Last Updated on April 9, 2021
Did a dog bite your furry friend? This can totally be one of the scariest experiences a pet parent can go through. When you watch your dog getting attacked by another dog, you may freeze, get paralyzed to think of the best thing to do. Or you risk yourself by throwing yourself in the middle.
It’s important to prepare yourself for these types of situations in advance. Of course, you will do your best to avoid putting your pouch in such situations, but sometimes, bad things happen.
In case this happened, here are some practical tips to help you if a dog bites your dog.
1. Don’t panic!
Yes, it’s easier said than done! It’s very hard to be in a situation where your dog gets in a fight with another dog, and it’s not only snarling or snapping, it’s actually biting and getting all over each other physically.
If you want to separate the dogs, try to figure out who is the aggressor, grab under the rear legs, then pull backward. You can use a bucket of water or a hose, spray them with citronella, or throw a heavy blanket on them to break them up. Whatever you do, do NOT grab by the dog’s collar or put your hands anywhere near their faces to not end up with a dog bite, too!
2. Get the information of the dog’s owner
As soon as you get the dogs separated, look for the dog’s owner and try to get their name and contact information. You can think of it as a fender bender between two cars, so it’s necessary to have a way to contact the dog’s owner in case there are dangerous injuries. Also, ask if the dog is vaccinated.
Usually, the other owner should be willing to help with any veterinary bills
, and depending on the circumstances of the dog bite, animal control or law enforcement might need to get involved.
3. Help your dog with the injuries
Once the fight calms down, immediately check your dog if he is injured, and do it carefully. The puncture wounds can mostly be small and hard to find, especially if your furry friend is furry. Feel his sides, neck, abdomen, and chest slowly and follow the traces of blood that could indicate an injury.