If you’re a dog owner, there are few things more frightening than watching your pup get attacked.
While all dogs are capable of biting and attacking other animals, some breeds are particularly aggressive.
Pitbulls, for example, were originally bred to fight bulls (hence the name).
But even though Pitbulls can be vicious animals, they aren’t necessarily worse behaved than other dogs.
However, if a Pitbull attacks your precious pet pooch, it’s important to keep calm and follow these steps.
How do you recognize the signs of an attack?
- If you see your dog growling and barking at the pit bull, this does not necessarily mean that he is going to attack. Dogs will often bark and growl when they are playing with each other.
- If one of the dogs is lying down while the other stands over him, this could be a sign of an impending attack. This position gives the attacker an advantage because it allows him to exert more force on his prey by using gravity as well as raw strength.
- If one dog has its ears back while the other has its tail between its legs, this indicates submission by one animal towards another animal who is more dominant in a social hierarchy within its group (usually determined by size). When animals submit in this way during play or aggression, it’s usually because they know that if they don’t submit now then there will be serious consequences later: either being injured or possibly even killed by their opponent!
My dog was attacked by a pitbull. What should I do?
If you find yourself in this situation, your first instinct will likely be to get help for your dog.
While this is certainly a good idea, it’s important to remember that there are some things you can do before taking him or her to the vet.
Depending on the severity of the attack and how much time has passed since it occurred, these may include:
- Keeping your dog calm and quiet so that he or she doesn’t exacerbate any injuries
- Assessing whether there’s an open wound (if so, clean it out carefully with soap and water)
What is the first thing you need to do after a dog fight?
Stop the bleeding. You don’t want to get blood all over your clothes, and it’s no good for your dog either.
If there’s a lot of blood on the ground or smeared onto your dog’s fur, pick up some paper towels and put them against the wound to absorb as much liquid as possible.
Then, if there are any clumps of hair stuck in the wound (this happens when one dog gets tangled in another), pull them out gently with tweezers or by hand.
Now that you’ve stopped the bleeding and cleaned away dirt and debris from all wounds, keep calm!
It might be tempting to keep checking on those fresh gashes—and make sure they aren’t getting worse—but try not to panic; this could cause more stress for both you and your pup.
Remember: before rushing into surgery for stitches or antibiotics (which are also available at most pharmacies), let an animal doctor take a look-see first!
We hope that you never have to deal with a Pitbull attack.
However, if you do end up in this situation, remember to remain calm and protect yourself and your dog.
You should also prepare for the worst-case scenario by having your pet insurance or emergency vet service on hand.