My dog Oreo was attacked recently from 2 vicious dogs..They bit him around the neck area and on his left ear they made a hole...the vet told me to look for signs of internal bleeding for 2 weeks. What are these signs? Is internal bleeding a very fast or slow process? Could he have it? thx so much!
Internal bleeding may be fast or slow, but fast usually occurs within a day or so. One way to determine blood loss is to monitor the color of your dogs gums or the conjuctiva (soft tissue) lining his lower eyelid. This works best if you've routinely checked these so you know what normal is. But unless he has dark pigment in his gums, which some dogs do, his gums should be a moiste pink. If you're not sure, press your index finger firmly against the base of his upper fang, then release it. You should see the color return from the area where the pressure briefly stopped the blood flow.
You can also gently pull down a lower eyelid and check there. It should be moist and a light pink. If it's white, he should be checked.
One thing to keep in mind is that dogs who are signaling dominance to other dogs routinely bite them on the neck. They don't do this because they're going for the jugular or other vital organs, although the bites may be more serious if the target dog doesn't submit (i.e. go down) because he/she feels obligated to protect the owner--not a good position for a dog to in!--or because people in the area scream and otherwise carry on and, in doing so, incite all the dogs involved to bite harder and prolong the fight. The reason dogs target the upper neck and espeically up high behind the ears to signal rank is because there's little there that can be damaged. Internal bleeding becomes much more of a problem when the bites are to the abdomen or chest area.
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