What to do if your dog is attacked by another dog?
It can be hard to do, but really try to stay calm and breathe. It can be tempting to react with panic or loudly if your dog is attacked, but these actions could increase the severity of the attack. By focusing on breathing, you can act rationally, more effectively, and quickly. All of which will help the outcome for your injured dog.
Your first job is to interrupt the attack as quickly as you can. Avoid separating the dogs yourself, as this could cause further injury to your dog, as well as yourself. The best course of action is to try and distract the attacking dog from a safe distance. A loud noise like a clap or a sudden movement can do this. Avoiding shouting directly at or making eye contact with the attacking dog, as this can make them feel more threatened.
If you can, use the distraction to call your dog away or pick them up, if it is safe to do so. Taking them to a safe distance or height away from the other dog, either by lifting them up or asking someone to take them for a moment away from the scene of the attack. If the attack persists, do not try and pick your dog up, as you may then be at risk of injury too or it may exacerbate the other dog’s level of aggression.
4) Record & Report
Once you’ve separated the dogs and it’s safe to do so, try to get the owner's contact details. Check if they have insurance that may cover you for any veterinary care required, and take a photo of their dog. Note or photograph any injuries your dog has and the place where the attack took place, and do the same with your own injuries if you sustained any.
You may also want the contact details of any witnesses who saw the incident take place. If your dog has been injured, it’s wise to let the police know, who can point you to the local state’s dog warden. This is a vital step, as it helps to ensure dog attacks remain a rare rather than common occurrence.
5) Visit The Vet
If your dog is able to walk, then keep walking. This may help to calm them down a little and will also let you have a good look at them. Check their gait and look for any bleeding. Even if your dog's injuries don't look too serious, it’s probably a good idea to visit your vet. Some bite injuries are a lot worse than they look, or can be hidden under fur.
Bites can also cause damage to the muscles and tissue underneath the skin, and become easily infected due to the bacteria carried in dogs' mouths.