Stephen J. Birchard DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS

Monday, February 24, 2014

This Is What Happens When A Labrador Retriever Is Attacked By 2 Pitbulls (Viewer discretion is advised)

Hershey on admission to the Veterinary Hospital at The Ohio State University

This is the story of Hershey, a 3 year old female spayed Labrador Retriever who was attacked by 2 pitbulls 3-4 days ago. On presentation she was depressed but alert, ambulatory, and had an elevated temperature but otherwise normal vital signs. On physical examination she had extensive traumatic, infected wounds over her rump, left caudal thigh, perineum, tail base, and perianal areas. The wounds around the anus did not communicate with the rectum.

Other than an inflammatory leukogram, her blood work did not show significant abnormalities.


  • What are your primary concerns with Hershey's overall condition and potential risks in the short term?
  • What prognosis should be given to the owners?
  • What supportive care measures should begin immediately?
  • What techniques do you use to assess the wounds, i.e., how do you determine how extensive they are?
  • Once Hershey is stable enough for anesthesia, what do you do with these wounds now, and what is your plan for her care over the next several days?
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To be continued . . . .