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When your pet gets attacked

If you own a pet, chances are it’s been attacked.  It may be an overzealous toddler, a crazed cat with sharp claws or something larger and much more dangerous!  Poor little Mercy knows all about animal attacks.  The pup has had a tough start to life.  She had a broken leg when she was adopted and now has a broken jaw!  At Southeast Veterinary Specialists, Dr. Rose Lemarie explains, “She’d been out in the backyard to go to the bathroom and the neighbor’s dogs came over and attacked her in her own yard.”

The 4 month old furball was the victim of a freak attack that’ll require plenty of care from the specialists at SVS.  How the attack happened was unusual, but the attack itself was not.  Many cats and small dogs find themselves in the jaws of larger animals.

Another patient named Belle was also the victim of an animal attack.  A larger dog tore open the bassett hound’s ear and ripped skin from her head.  Dr. Lemarie says you can expect animals to aim for the head and both pups are actually lucky it wasn’t worse.  “Usually when dogs attack, a larger dog with attack a smaller dog or possibly a cat, they’ll actually pick the animal up and shake them and that’s normal dog behavior.”

With proper care, Mercy and Belle will both be okay, but that proper care is key!  Attack wounds can be much more than skin deep.  Dr. Lemarie says lung contusions, rib fractures and hernias are common, so x-rays are critical to a full recovery.  She also reminds pet owners that other animals don’t know boundaries, so make sure your home and yard are secure.  You never know when or where an attack can happen!

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