A DOG BITES THE
Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow), MRCVS
First written: 16 Sep 2002
14 July, 2010
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"The dog bit me," said Groomer Ken with pride as he showed me a puncture wound
in the fleshy part of his left hand. The 55-year old retired civil servant had set up a
business of dog grooming and transport for the past 3 weeks. All he needed was a van
and grooming equipment. Fortunately, the Singapore government had not got around to
licensing dog groomers as licence fees cost money and many older people could not meet
ends meet, having to pay for the high cost of vehicle ownership and being unable to
compete with the younger ones in stamina and money.
There was much to learn about dogs, but he had kept a Pomeranian and knew it all.
He should not have been bitten at all. I taught him how to muzzle the dog but he did
things his own way. Muzzling a dog indicated that the person was frightened of dogs
and this was just not the right thing to impress the dog owner. Not every dog needed
to be muzzled as not every dog would bite.
This dog, Joey had a swollen left ear pinnae and was wagging his tail as he was put onto
the examination table. Must be a happy and good dog, Ken must have thought. The
blood vessels had ruptured inside and the red scratch marks on the inner side of the ear
pinnae showed that the dog was unhappy with this burden. Seven months ago, he had a
similar condition called aural haematoma, with swelling of blood inside his right
ear. It was a case of aural haematoma. What would be the cause of it?
Probably mosquito bites as the Sembawang area was near a busy condo construction
Ken must have touched his sensitive area.
The owners who were a busy young couple accompanied him to the surgery as they would do so
for their own child, to comfort him. He was wagging his tail during preparation for
surgery and the owner had to leave him alone, otherwise it would be difficult to continue!
Ken muzzled the dog and
loop a nylon rope twice round his nose. This was not the universal procedure. As you could
see, the muzzle was the wrong size. He was bitten before he decided to put a loop of
nylon rope round the muzzle.
Many dog handlers are sure that the dog would not bite, especially when the Owners had
told them. Ken was one of them. Can you teach old dogs new tricks?
This dog had 2 ears
swollen, one after another, within 2 weeks. Cause unknown
No more ear problem for the last 8 years
haematoma in a small breed dog
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