Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Dog Bite by Uri

 Looks like it pretty bad month for Pa overall, other from the fact his car got trashed twice through no fault of his... he manage to get badly bitten by Uri, a dog he helped rehomed to a friend.

Uri was getting along all fine... until he got tick fever, dying and weak, the first spinal shot was given without fuss.

But those in the know would realise that Uri would be taking another painful shot after he recovers. And so he did. Apparently he struggled badly and when the needle did go in, his anal sac loosened and shot out fluids. It must have been incredibly painful and traumatic.
 Uri was ok at first following the next few days, then he steadily got worse. By the time Pa was consulted, he had bitten 3 people in 2 days, drawing blood. First, he bite and walked away. Him being 3 years of age, might have been a dominance thing.

When pa saw him, he seemed fine. He followed commands and was even in a down position with his front paws crossed. He faced his back towards him and even allowed interaction that way.

Pa got complacent and when his hand got too close to his mouth, he chomped down on Pa's hand with no warning.

No growl, No standing up, No raising hairs, none of the traditional warning signs.
 After he bit down, Pa didn't pull his hand back. It would have been futile. With his left hand on a secure leash, and Uri shaking his head, all Pa could do was to follow his head movements as much as he can and waited for that split second he will let go to adjust his bite.

And when that came, Pa managed to remove his hand, minimizing the damage to his hand. But the damage has been done.
Uri lunged and tried to go for Pa, totally unprovoked. This was a huge concern as it is unclear what was the trigger.

In retrospect, if someone had to be bitten, it was good that it had happened to Pa. His hand is big with very thick skin. He didn't pull away a normal person would have. The wounds ended up being totally superficial.

If it had happened to a girl or a child, the damage might have been greater or worse.

Uri was scheduled to be put to sleep. But the Vet advised that medication might help, so now he is on it... being given a second chance. Hope that helps him.


Uri wasn't given any additional meds by the Vet, but instead, the Vet advised that the leash that was used normally for walking him made him pissed off that Pa was preventing it and hence the attack.

...huh? I totally disagree with that assessment. Dogs simply do not associate things that way!

A couple days after that kind piece of advise, Uri placed his head on Uncle Josh's uncle's lap... and everything seemed fine, until the uncle pat him. Uri leaped to attack the uncle. Uncle Josh who was already wary, manage to pull him back before his uncle got bitten.

The shocking thing after that was the uncle ran into the kitchen and closed the door. Uri chased after him and slammed against the door repeatedly. After which he darted to the side door to gain access. The uncle had the presence of mind to close that one too.

Uncle Josh and his dad were shocked and startled at the aggression. When he tried to call off Uri, He turned round and gave a low threatening growl.

Uri was put to sleep on the 7th of November 2012. He will be sorely missed though he did become a danger to those around him. Pa wish he could help, but being unable to diagnosed the problem or trigger, there is very little he could do especially with an injured hand.

Rest In Peace. Hope you are less angry over the rainbow bridge.  

1 comment:

Nannie Leick said...

Uri may have experienced a tremendous shock of pain on that last shot. This may have caused his wild attitude that made him attack several people including your Pa. That's a deep bite. Did you have yourself checked? I hope that you are okay now. Anyway, I feel sorry for the dog, and may he rest in peace.