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    Default Re: need help! aggressiveness/bite

    Oh my goodness that looks sore. You've got a lot of great information and advice from above members, and I agree you have to report this and follow up to make sure shots are up to date, and your doctor should be made aware that this is a possibility, so you get the proper treatment. My best friend has 3 dogs, and her dad and mom who are in their 80's have the brother to one of her dogs, they are Shihtzu mixed with something else. Her dads dog has always been really vicious and has bit her mom a few times, mostly a little nip, but no wounds and nothing serious. Last year the dog attacked her moms foot, and did quite a bit of damage to her skin. She had to go to the hispital, and was put on antibiotics. The doctor asked her whose dog bit her, and she lied at first because she was afraid they were going to take the dog away. The other problem with these dogs is that they don't beleive in vaccinations, vets, or medications, even for themselves.
    They don't vaccinate their dogs, or themselves , and they cure everything holistically, naturally, and without medications. I don't agree with what they do, especially because they live in the country, and have a lot of wildlife, and I have seen fleas on them because they don't give them any medication for that either. I never bring my two guys around their house, because their dogs don't like other dogs, so that's my out and my excuse when they invite us up, but I would never bring them up there anyway. The doctor kept bugging them to give the dog up that bit her, so my friend ended telling the doctor the truth, she said her mom lied because she was afraid the dog would be taken away. The humane society stepped in and confiscated the dog for 3 weeks and quarantined him, plus they gave him all his shots, so he is the only dog who has been vaccinated. They did give the dog back, and they were okay with him being back at home , because they live in the country and they don't have many neighbours , and the ones that do live up there, their houses are so far apart from each other, and the dogs are only on their property, and when they have guests they are locked up. I can't imagine living with 4 dogs who fight with each other, and one dog who is so vicious even with his own family, but they don't have any small kids in the house, and nobody lives close by them, but how can you enjoy these pets? They are not abused, they have lived with them since they were puppies, and the only one the dog listens to and doesn't bite is her dad. Her dad loves this dog and won't give it up. The law here says you have to vaccinate your dogs, and if they bite anyone they have to be quarantined.

    I hope you feel better, but make sure you follow up, and see your doctor. Put Polysporin cream on those wounds as well. I'm sorry you had to go through this. Keep us posted on how you are doing.
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    Thanks Guys. I think i know the vet she uses so if she dont get back to me im going to call them and ask if they can tell me if its had shots. And im going to make a follow up appt with my dr tomorrow to be safe. Ill let you guys know what happens.

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    Around here we can't take our dogs to events without a shot record. Wouldn't a rescue of all places know that would be a requirement? If it isn't it sure should be simply for the liability issues.

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    a few years ago both of my sons in a span of two months were attacked by two different pitbulls. One had his shots but was put down anyway because after I sent animal control the pictures of my son's leg where the dog ripped him from his bike, the county gave him a choice; pay thousands of dollars in fines, risk getting sued by us, and losing the dog anyway. They opted to put him down. The second dog was a stray and we never did find the dog. When I took my son into the er, the doc said it was up to me if I wanted my son to go through the painful series of rabies shots but in her opinion she wouldn't do it as in Michigan there had not been a documented case of rabies from a dog bite in over a hundred years. I opted not to put my son through that. I'm not sure about Indiana but that was the case here
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    I found out that it bit the rescue persons daughter and husband right out of quarantine from biting a kid so with there being 2 other bites this year I am thinking I should be ok but im still going to follow up with my dr today to be safe. I didn't know about any previous bites so Im really starting to wonder about things right now.....

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    I live in NWI, too. Unfortunately we've had students walking to or from school who have been bitten by dogs, and just like the ER/doctor's offices, school nurses are obligated by law to report the bites to animal control. Once we call, my understanding is that they contact the family regarding the bite. If no one has contacted you, I'd consider giving animal control a call. Busy ERs overlook things inadventantly all the time, especially some of the burecratic phone calls. It's not about "getting the dog or the handler in trouble," but I'd be concerned the dog will bite someone else with its history. Shots or not, it looks and sounds like you are having a huge amount of discomfort--if that can be prevented for the next person, it's worth a call. I hope you feel better soon!!!

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    I went to my dr at 11 and he reported it to the humane society and then they had me go in cause they wanted to see the wounds too. Sounds like they are going to most likely euthanize the dog. I feel utterly horrible i broke down crying i dont want a dog killed cause of me. they said that they have to see if this dog is harboring any infections and what not because i do have a infection waiting to see if its in my blood or localized and also took samples of the fluid in the bites so my drs now how to treat me. I also have to see a surgeon this evening due to possible fracture and nerve damage also i have now lost feeling in part of the one finger. And my hand keeps going numb today then i have pain from my wrist to shoulder and pink lines on my one finger which has my dr thinking the infection is in my blood. i should find out at any time if it is or not and if i have to have iv antibiotics. Im a mess im scared for myself and feel so horrible about the dogs possible out come i keep breaking down in tears its like a horrible nightmare

    According to animal control the dogs shots expired January 2012
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    I am so sorry about this experience for you!! I had to make the decision to put our family pet down 3 years ago and it was heartbreaking. I found out to late that St Bernards are inbred here in Spokane and once they mature many turn aggreggisve from the sweeling in their brain. He bit one our nephew, who is a Dennis the Menace type, so we gave him a chance and kept him away from non-family kids. But then he attempted to attack my grandson and son-in-law and I took him the next day to be euthanized. Of course, I had long conversations with the local St BErnard rescue who refused to take him and she told me, "you know what you have to do." I hated being an adult that day. It is time for that rescue person to be an adult. Saving bullies is important but there is a point when this is not in the best interest of the bullie or rescue. I agree with @RaRett. What is the prevalence of rabies in Indiana? And what was the name of this bullie? (Im me if you like).


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    Wowwwww.....my EBD just about takes my hand off if there's food involved, but otherwise doesn't have an aggressive bone in his body. What I want to know is, why is it taking this owner/rescuer any time at ALL to get you the dogs vet records? I've worked in rescue for 10 years, and before we EVER bring a dog in public, he/she is 100% vetted, and temperament tested. Sometimes when people surrender their dogs- they'll say things like "my child was very rough with him, and he snapped at the child", which I usually understand, b/c I want to snap at most children when they bother me, too! Haha....
    But, it sounds like this dog needs to go to a home where she'd be the only pet/child - and with a very patient owner. I really applaud you for not having the dog PTS immediately- she has got to be traumatized over something- I'm just sorry you (or anyone else) had to be the victim of poor discipline and training.
    Did they give you a tetanus shot, or had you had one in the past? Make sure and get that if you haven't had it in the past 10 years....and just a heads up- the tetanus vaccine can make you feel TERRIBLE....it's unlikely that the dog had rabies, but better to be safe than sorry. I would INSIST on getting the veterinarians phone number and confirm for yourself what the dog has/has not had.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theparrisfive View Post
    I am at a loss on the whole thing right now. hell i had to get myself a stiff drink just to process what i was told about the dog this evening. I am so frustrated, stressed heck i dunno how i feel. I wish i wouldve known so i was aware to be cautious..... I was put on 2 antibiotics as a preventative.
    You should be getting a tetanus shot at the very least and did the ER take x-rays to make sure there was no internal injury?
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    Quote Originally Posted by theparrisfive View Post
    I went to my dr at 11 and he reported it to the humane society and then they had me go in cause they wanted to see the wounds too. Sounds like they are going to most likely euthanize the dog. I feel utterly horrible i broke down crying i dont want a dog killed cause of me. they said that they have to see if this dog is harboring any infections and what not because i do have a infection waiting to see if its in my blood or localized and also took samples of the fluid in the bites so my drs now how to treat me. I also have to see a surgeon this evening due to possible fracture and nerve damage also i have now lost feeling in part of the one finger. And my hand keeps going numb today then i have pain from my wrist to shoulder and pink lines on my one finger which has my dr thinking the infection is in my blood. i should find out at any time if it is or not and if i have to have iv antibiotics. Im a mess im scared for myself and feel so horrible about the dogs possible out come i keep breaking down in tears its like a horrible nightmare

    According to animal control the dogs shots expired January 2012
    OMG.... I posted too soon, did not read all the way through -- i was afraid of this which is why I asked about xrays. DO NOT blame yourself... it seems the pup was in the wrong environment and should have bee crated at the very least if the rescue knew everything you are telling us... they did not protect the bully or you or others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    OMG.... I posted too soon, did not read all the way through -- i was afraid of this which is why I asked about xrays. DO NOT blame yourself... it seems the pup was in the wrong environment and should have bee crated at the very least if the rescue knew everything you are telling us... they did not protect the bully or you or others.

    HUGS and prayers to you for a quick recovery

    I went to the bone dr/surgeon tonight i have a hairline fracture a perferated nerve, tendon damage, localized infection and blood infection. I am on 3 antibiotics now and pain meds he braced my finger I go back in one week. They also drained the wounds again this evening they are becoming blister like due to infection in the wounds.

    The dogs name is Sissy. She is with finally home rescue in NWI. the owner and person who has the dog now admitted to not having shots up to date. according to animal control and her vet they expired january 2012 and was never redone. Also i guess this dog has bitten her, her husband and daughter and she got it after it got out of quarantine for attacking a 5 year old. I was completely unaware of its history and she is keeping its history quiet just saying it was abused along with the fact that it bit 2 people saturday. No one is aware of this except my friends and now you guys... She just put on the rescue page that it had a melt down and left it at that. I dont know what to think about it..... she is also not insured. sigh... its a complete mess. The dog is currently at hobart animal hospital on quarantine with euthanization suggested by animal control. so i dont know if they will euthanize or not. I didnt report this at first cause i didnt want the dog put down at all and still dont but with my infections and all dr said reporting it was a must so they can at least do blood work up on the dog to check for illnesses/infections that i could get. I did get a tetnus shot, and now 2 antibiotic shots.

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