. I was bitten by my gramps G Shep on the face when I was 5... (nose and eye… pulled me around a bit… it left a few scares) and a little york terr... that lived with us! He would hide under my bed and wait until I put my feet on the floor and bite them. Can’t tell you how many times that little meanie made me go to the doctors. Had a few rescues snap at me… but no bites.. luckily.
***Edited By: ivydragonn on 7/9/2005 2:21:37 AM*** Reason: better wording
I've been biten by 5 dogs and 5 cats that I can remember.
I was bitten by a mixed puppy. I think it had chow, but not sure. I surpised him in the dark. He got the base of my thumb.
A Shar Pei I wasn't there when the owner brought the dog in and I was tryed to get her out of the grooming cage. Wasn't use my head and went about it all wrong. She got the tip of a finger.
A lab that was having ear problems. Tried to give ear meds, but couldn't so I was just going to feed her and do the meds later with help. When I opened her kennel she ran out and up the walk way to the door. When I went to get her to put her back in the kennel she nailed my hand. She know I was there because I was petting her raer and worked my way up, but when I got to her neck she bit me. Tunes out she was kennel aggresive.
A schnauzer mostly because the person I was working with that day had already made the dog mad and then was waving a muzzle around. Most dogs like this one know what muzzles are and when they see them they freak. So I got bit in the thumb area when I was trying to let go of him. This was the only dog bit I ever got medical treatment for. Only because my employer made me go.
A scotty. He didn't like having his nails trimmed. Bit twice the second time got the back of my hand and wouldn't let go. He hung in the air for a very seconds before I could get him to let go. I did get his nails done though.
Now the cats:
One was a feral cat I was carring out to ISO at the shelter. Kept a hold of that one, but its friend got away when I tried to put it in the cage. One of Techs said I would have let the one biting you go. I asked why he didn't tell me that when he seen the cat biting me.
Another one was though a muzzle at the grooming place I worked.
Another was though gloves in ISO at another shelter.
Then by two of my own cats. One when I was trying to give her a pill. It didn't really do any outside damage, but it did brake the skin under my nail. Very weird.
The other one was when she was have a siezure. She died right after that. Before she went though she bit up both of my hands and I had to spend New Years in the Emergancy Room. Luckely it was early so I didn't have to wait long. The tetinse shot hurt more then the bits though.
Also got a pretty nasty scratch from a rabbit. The whole inside of my right arm was scratched. Seemed like for ever for some of the bleeding to stop.
"I thought we were talking about serious bites, when I mentioned my mom's Chow it was serious. The boy was in the hospital for 4 days and the dog was put to sleep. I dont think a poodle bite really counts, no offence to anyone just incase it was bad. "
what would make you think the bite wasn't serious ? because it was a little dog ?
Bitten once on the hand by my grandmother's nasty tempered Yorkie. Once and once only, he thught about a second bite but found it was hard to do with the side of my hand firmly lodged behind his back teeth!
I've been bitten by a chihuahua and a austrialian shepherd...nothing serious just a littel sore.
My cousin however, though was bitten pretty bad by our neighbors Boxer. I also witnessed the same boxer attack the owner's 12 year old child.
One of my old neighbors was bitten really bad by a peke. Required stiches to his hands. He was trying to break up a fight between his dog (a massive sized mixed breed) and the peke (who was owned by the same person who owned the boxer above) The big mixed breed was chained up in the owners yard and the peke came into the mixed breeds yard. Sadly the peke died of injurys from the fight.
I had also been attacked by a cat. 3 times within 2 days. So bad that my late-husband had to pry the cat off my legs. I still have a slight fear of cats ( of course I have one though) and scars to prove me being attacked.
Yes scout1, I have a hard time seeing a Yorkie sending me to the hospital. A kitten could easily give you a bite that leads to infection do to bacteria but still, its really not the same as a Bull Mastiff now is it?
I was bitten in the face by my grandma's old yorkie when I was 7, and needed to go to the hospital. I was a little nervous around yorkies for awhile, but now I love em! =D I was also bitten serval times by a golden retriever, and OUUUUCH...still have a mark on my arm.
Why should a small dog bite not count? It still hurts, and can STILL be fatal.
***Edited By: ShadowDog on 7/9/2005 12:29:01 PM*** Reason: add
In my case, the dog was more likely to end up needing medical attention than I was! I was TRYING to get him to the vet to have his anal glands taken care of. He came mighty close to needing an impression for dentures.
My grandmother was actually afraid of the little brat when he got like that (in one of his "moods") & he knew it.
Found his tactics didn't work quite as well with me~lol
Then again, she DID have a penchant for finding the most obxonious pets! Always "given to her by a friend", hummmmm
Guess she ended up with them because she was the only one who would put up with them and still love the little beasties. Cats and dogs both.
yes well then dlmb...i guess you have never read the article about the pomeranian that killed a baby have you ?
a dog bite is a dog bite no matter the size of the dog. if you are bitten and the dog releases right away you would probably wind up with smaller puncture wounds then you would if you were bitten by a bull mastiff. however if that little creature decides to rip and tear quite frankly it doesnt much matter if the dog is big or small. and they all hurt the same amount.
I'm more worried about the little dogs then the bigger ones. And I've been biten by more little ones then big one.. 2 Lhasa's, we were trying to sedate them, The dumby that I am went to grab something in front of the dogs face and CHOMP. "Ouch!" B*****d A few years ago I was grooming a Pomeranian, who when I wasn't looking, took a chunk out of my hand. "Sh** He*d!! Well I then called the health department, because the owner was like Oh, ok, should I pick him up now? Didn't even apologize?! I told him to take his pyhco Pom else where, good Luck. I got my face sliced open by a Border Collie, This dog was Fearful and I got careless, and blame myself and the owner for that one, not the dog. And just the otherday a border collie x, gave me a nip because I was towel drying him off. "A** H**e" I had a Puppy Shih tzu attack my leg as it came into the clinic, hadn't even touched it yet, owners were so embarrased they never came back. I was working with a tech one time, we had a chow come into treatment, and were going to do something to it, I forget what, but the dog slipped his collar started to chase the tech around the room, Chomp, chomp, chomp, took a chunk out of his leg, guess where I was, Standing on the counter,LOL!!!Yikes, that dog was nutz! We also have this Irish Terrier that sometimes comes in, well he doesn't like Dr.'s. He got loose in the treatment room once and all you could here were the 2 male Dr's trying to catch him, or get away from him.All you could hear was crash, boom, barking and the Dr."s yelling at him. That was funny, so I had to go help because he's ok with dominant females. Hes so funny.
***Edited By: sue on 7/9/2005 8:31:24 PM*** Reason: dfhs
Most big dogs just dont have the personality to bite. I could never imagine a St. Bernard attacking anybody, or a Newfoundland for that matter. They are all about loving humans 100% and caring for them. A Newf will instinctivly save a person who is drowning in water. Even if its a young dog with zero training at all.
I still stand by what I said about small dogs. Unless the little bugger got me around the throught or something.
DLMB...I am kinda with you on this, ALTHOUGH a bite is a bite and they all hurt like h***. You do not hear that much about maulings from Toy breeds simply because they are so small. I think they can be subdued much easier than a large breed. I would also hazard to guess that folks are much more inclined to forgive and forget a chunk out of their finger...than loosing their arm or half of their face. Although--I have had more than one Vet tell me that if Large Breeds had the personalities of the Toy Breeds, you wouldn't be able to handle them at all. :) Trust me they can be vile little urchins!
I think the issue though is that biting in general is a bad thing, regardless of what breed it is. The media and BSL poeple always point their fingers at the bites of big dogs and how dangerous they are.
The truth is that there's 4.7 million peole bitten by dogs annually. But there's no information on what breeds (or breed mixes) are doing the biting. Yes fatalities are often attributed to large breeds of dogs. But plastic surgery and extensive scarring can also result from the bite of a much much smaller dog (such as the West Highland White Terrier bite I witnessed) and as such, should be statistically important, as it does result in higher insurance premiums in the long run. Thus *ALL* dog bites should be tracked by breed, not just dog bite fatalities, as is currently the situation.
And a lot of people don't even report dog bites by small dogs.. because they're less damaging. But a bite for any reason is still a bite, regardless of whether it's a toy poodle or a great dane doing the biting.
I agree Minniyar. If I were bitten again by any breed of dog I would report right away to the proper authorities because that dog should not be allowed to bite a human being, EVER!!
I'm sure people find it funnier when little dogs bite than if it's a big dog because a lot of people think "What damage is a small dog (ie toy poodle) going to do to me if he bites?" Well, truth being, he can do as much damage as a big breed if he really wanted to. (Not trying to imply toy poodles as biters here, just an example, first dog that popped into my head :) )
I was bitten by a friend's black lab, when I was nine. I thought he was friendly at first, so I got closer to him while he was on his chain. He ran to the end of his chain, barking and growling. I didn't move fast enough and he bit me on the chin. Bled like crazy, but didn't get stitches. Still have the scar. I actually think he was going for my throat. The owner of the dog brought him by later to show me he was "friendly". Still didn't trust that dog. But I have no problems with other dogs.