Pet Emergency After a Fight
Fights include some of the most common pet emergencies, especially as warmer weather sets in and pets spend more of their time outside. If you witness a dog fight or a catfight, there are a few things to keep in mind for both your safety and the safety of the animals. At Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre in Winnipeg, we can help treat your pet for injuries due to fights to help them heal as quickly as possible.
Common Pet Injuries
There are many types of trauma that occur due to a cat fight or a dog fight. This includes lacerations to the skin, bleeding, injured nails, bite wounds, ear injuries, limpness, and swelling. In cases where bleeding can’t be controlled or when the lacerations are extremely deep, it’s important to visit an emergency vet as soon as possible. For injuries that can wait, it’s possible to take your pet to the animal hospital when they open.
When to Seek Veterinary Care
If your pet seems lethargic after the occurrence, has trouble keeping foods down or has any type of deep cut or wound, it’s important to seek a pet immediately. Other reasons for a vet visit include broken bones, difficulty breathing, and uncontrolled bleeding.
What to Do After a Fight
Once the fight is over, examine your pet for any obvious injuries. Sometimes there can be progressive wounds even if there are no obvious punctures. Take photographs if you feel the other pet owner is at fault and if you plan to seek financial compensation. If possible, seek the attention of a veterinarian.