This is Shadow, a 3-year-old mixed pup. His mom rescued him from a bad situation a few years ago, saying he was very timid and scared, but has blossomed into a sweet and affectionate part of their family.
Shadow's mom was devastated when two neighborhood dogs got loose and attacked Shadow causing deep puncture wounds and severe injuries to his back legs.
Shadow's mom is currently working part time while she is looking for full-time employment and was not expecting this at all. She knew Shadow's injuries needed to be addressed by a vet, but was afraid she wouldn’t be able to afford the cost of the treatment. She applied to Fur Kids Foundation for help with Shadow’s emergency veterinary care.
Shadow's injuries were fixed up and thoroughly cleaned. Some of his injuries are in locations they cannot be bandaged, so his mom needs to keep them cleaned and dry; because of the time of year, maggots are possible to get into some infections. Aside from feeling sore and down, Shadow is expected to make a full recovery and his mom is hoping this attack doesn't hinder the growth he's had since coming home.
Even if your dog's injuries don't look serious, Fur Kids Foundation encourages you to take your dog immediately to the vet for an exam. Often, the puncture you see on the outside of the skin is just the tip of the iceberg in a bite wound–tissue can be damaged under the puncture, and a pocket is created. There may be bleeding or nerve damage under the skin that cannot be seen through the puncture. On top of that, dog’s teeth carry bacteria with it into the pocket and that creates a good environment for an abscess to form.
If you do choose to wait, or treat the injury at home, if you see your dog vomiting, acting depressed or weak, or having difficulty breathing, it is an emergency and you should take your dog to a veterinarian ASAP.
No matter what is happening with your fur kid, at any stage of life, Fur Kids Foundation encourages you to call your veterinarian sooner rather than later.
Fur Kids Foundation is 100% run by dedicated volunteers who give their time to help the Foundation raise money with events, take applications, and spread the word about the good work the Foundation does in Campbell County, Wyoming. If you would like to help Fur Kids Foundation continue to help local families with animals afford emergency veterinary care, please consider making a tax-deductible donation or sign up to become a volunteer.