He Got Bit By A Dog

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AlissaF - February 18

My mom was watching ds (8 months) for 2 days while I was on a mini trip. My mom watches him fairly frequently and my little brothers are also always playing with him there, so I know sage is in good hands with her and was definitely being watched. Anyhow, she calls me up as I am driving home from my trip and tells me that one of her dogs bit sage on the face/head. The dog was a great dane! She then goes on to tell me that he only has two small marks, one on his cheek and the other on his head, and that he seems fine, but she would like me to take him in to get checked out. As soon as it happened, she also called animal control and had them pick up the dog. Sage is known to provoke dogs (he likes them but doesn't understand that they don't like their hair pulled), but my mom said that she was watching them and sage was just siting there when the dog bit him. This wasn't a first time thing for the dog... he has also snapped at me once when i scared him and his teeth nicked my face, and he also went after one of my little brothers. I'm realizing now just how bad it could have been. Sage is so small and the dog is SOO big. I didn't take him in to get checked out cause he was acting fine. Do you think this could have any lasting effect on him? when I brought him home, he proceeded to go chasing after my dog, but I'm wondering how he will react to unfamiliar dogs. And also, i know this might be weird, but at the same time, I also miss the dog. He was kinda part of the family. I'm so glad sage is okay!

 

mosley12 - February 18

im glad he's ok! i understand how you feel about the dog though. i dont know what i would do if i had to get rid of my dogs...i was so relieved when they took to ds!

 

Ca__sJ - February 18

If I were you I would get your ds checked out just because of all the bacteria in a dog's mouth the wound could easily become infected. The thing I dont understand is how you would feel bad about getting rid of the dog that bit your son. I don't care how much I loved ANY animal if it ever came close to biting my child it would be gone in 5 mins.

 

aurorabunny - February 18

I hope your little boy is okay. That can be a scary thing, and I don't mean this as ANY disrespect to your mother, but your son and that large of a dog shouldn't have even been in a situation where a bite could have happened. And please don't take that as me being rude or trying to talk down about your mom, because I'm not meaning it that way. I've just had to take safety courses and children & dogs courses and it sounds like with that dog's history that they shouldn't have even been in the same room together. I'm sorry you miss your dog, that's totally normal. =( Just a c___ppy part of life sometimes. As far as it having any effect on your son (mentally), I think he is too young for it to give him any lasting fear or dogs or anything....physically, I hope that it was just a little nip and everything's okay. Let us know!! And sorry I just realized this way a really long rambling post....LOL. Keep 'em supervised, kids account for a SCARY number of dog bite victims in the US!

 

cae - February 18

Im sorry but I would p__sed, I know it is a family dog, but like Ca__s said it would be gone in a quick second. Thats why I dont let anyone who has dogs babysit my LO, unless the dogs are kept in a separate room while he is there. Not going to risk it.

 

cae - February 18

Also meant to say, I hope your LO is ok. I think you should still get him checked out. Is that dog up to date with his vaccinations??

 

Keli - February 18

call your dr and ask if he needs to come in.

 

aurorabunny - February 18

That is smart Cae. Sometimes people just get too comfortable and forget that kids and dogs ALWAYS need supervision and that's when bad stuff happens. I wouldn't worry too much about the bite, dog bites are usually pretty clean actually, I'm a__suming since it was a family pet that he was probably up on all of it's shots. Cat bites are actually a lot worse/more likely to be infected, believe it or not. I hope the little guy is okay. =)

 

AlissaF - February 18

Yes, as far as I know, he is totally up to date on his shots. I've been keeping the two wounds clean and keeping an eye on him. As for the dog, I guess I meant to say that I am REALLY glad that my mom get rid of him, but at the same time, it feels as if part of the family is gone when I go over there. And I do understand what is being said about the situation. He is usually closely monitered and kept tied up in the house and my mom had been watching them interact all day and really didn't think there was anything to worry about when sage was just sitting by the dog. And yes, the marks are really shallow and small. I will definitely be a lot more cautious around dogs now! Dogs have always been such a huge part of my life, I guess i forget that some can be tempermental.

 

aurorabunny - February 18

It's totally normal to still miss the dog...did he get placed into an appropriate home or was he euthanized? I had a friend that was ATTACKED by her family pet of 5 years ( a dalmation) and I'm talking attacked...like bottom lip torn off, needed plastic surgery attacked....and she still missed her dog after they put him down. That's just the way emotions go I guess, we get used to someone being a part of our family, whether it's a human or an animal. It just really startled me when I started doing animal rescue to find out that 90% of dog bites are kids under 5 years old. Obviously because of kids pulling and poking and not being to provoke the dog....but still a scary statistic. Sorry you had to go through the whole thing Alissa.=(

 

Allie - February 19

Hey, we had family in town this weekend, and my 21 month old nephew grabbed my 8 month old dd like he was going to hug and kiss her; he was sqeezing her way too hard, so I went to pull his hands off, and didn't realize until she was hysterical and I pulled him off that he actually BIT her forhead (sp?)! While I was trying to comfort her, he tried to bite her fingers (room full of people, no one paying attention to help me)...she is fine, but just wanted to illustrate that it's not just dogs that can attack unprovoked :) It was a first time for that kind of behavior from him, so we decided to keep him (just a joke - we love that little boy)

 

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