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Puncture Wound without blood? EastonsMom 1 child; Winston-Salem, North Carolina 30714 posts
31st May '11

The topic says it all... can there be a puncture wound without blood?

My dog bit another dog this weekend and now I am being strapped with a $600 vet bill. Which I will pay, as soon as I get a detailed list from the vet and any xrays/photos that were taken.

The owner said the dog had a puncture wound but there was no blood and I did not feel any wounds on the dog. I guess i'm just wondering if it is possible...

And yes I do take full responsibility for my animal and I feel absolutely horrible that this happened :(

Mommy_2_Emily 34 kids; Georgia 2825 posts
31st May '11

maybe an old wound but there would be blood if it was fresh, I have been scratched and it took a min. to bleed. but evuntually it bleeds

sknymnie Hubert, nc, United States 15150 posts
31st May '11

Dogs I've had in the past went to fight over a rawhide bone, one got bit in the back leg, there was a tooth puncture and no blood. The dog that got bit was just fine. It was a long haired muscular dog that got bit, if that makes any difference.

psycho*spacey 18 kids; Grand Island, Nebraska 2229 posts
31st May '11

I had a dog that chewed threw his crate in a storm and attacked another dog because he was scared, and the other dog didnt bleed but had a bunch of pressure bites all over his body. The first day there was no blood we thought he was fine, the second day big patches of his flesh started falling out, we took him to the vet where he died.

EastonsMom 1 child; Winston-Salem, North Carolina 30714 posts
31st May '11

Ok so now I am reading up on the dog bite laws in NC. But it is so confusing....
Anyone want to help me understand this better?
http://dogbitelaw.com/one-bite-state/north-carolina.html

EastonsMom 1 child; Winston-Salem, North Carolina 30714 posts
31st May '11
Quoting psycho*spacey:" I had a dog that chewed threw his crate in a storm and attacked another dog because he was scared, and ... [snip!] ... we thought he was fine, the second day big patches of his flesh started falling out, we took him to the vet where he died."


oh no.. that is horrible :(



Happy Humanist 2 kids; Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 11876 posts
31st May '11

I guess it is possible since puncture wounds don't bleed much usually but it sounds like what you're actually paying for are the diagnostics and any preventative shots anyway.



I don't *think* that article is relevant- were you with your dog when it happened?

FleurDeLys 3 kids; Groton, Massachusetts 9150 posts
31st May '11
Quoting EastonsMom:" Ok so now I am reading up on the dog bite laws in NC. But it is so confusing.... Anyone want to help me understand this better? http://dogbitelaw.com/one-bite-state/north-carolina.html"


OK to me this sounds like NC law is very lenient towards dog owners. You might not even be responsible under NC laws although as a responsible dog owner it sounds like you want to do the right thing anyway. The article was somewhat unclear on dog vs. dog altercations though so I couldn't say for sure what your responsibility is under the law. Your dog may end up with a police record if the other owner reports the incident or the vet keeps records which could be more of an issue if your dog has a second biting incident with another animal or person in the future.

EastonsMom 1 child; Winston-Salem, North Carolina 30714 posts
31st May '11

No, my son let my dog out.. I was not with her.

The people are reporting my dog, my mom said that they would put my dog to sleep (thanks for the f**king support mom). But my dog has never bitten another animal nor has she ever attempted to.

I just want to make sure that after I pay this bill that my dog will be ok. She is old and she was also attacked when she escaped (which is probably why she bit this other dog). I dont know how much she can take much more..

FleurDeLys 3 kids; Groton, Massachusetts 9150 posts
31st May '11
Quoting EastonsMom:" No, my son let my dog out.. I was not with her. The people are reporting my dog, my mom said that ... [snip!] ... also attacked when she escaped (which is probably why she bit this other dog). I dont know how much she can take much more.."


Poor puppy! She was probably scared! Unless she attacked a person and the attack resulted in grave injury or death I highly doubt she would be put down. I think the worst case is you have to pay the vet bill and your dog will have a police record which means she could suffer more severe consequences if she ever has another incident of biting and/or attacking someone.



One of my dogs growing up got a police record because some people walking by our house felt threatened by her barking at them. Totally ridiculous! We had an electric fence and everything so there was absolutely no chance that she would have gotten out and even if she did, she was more likely to lick people that bite them. Luckily there were no other incidents with her so we never had to deal with the fact that she had a police record.

Piecey. 3 kids; K-Town, KL, Germany 63298 posts
status 31st May '11
Quoting EastonsMom:" No, my son let my dog out.. I was not with her. The people are reporting my dog, my mom said that ... [snip!] ... also attacked when she escaped (which is probably why she bit this other dog). I dont know how much she can take much more.."


I don't think they'll put her down. My parents dog bit Ryan while he was in NC a couple summers ago and we were here. We jumped through the Tricare hoops and they took him to an urgent care. They reported it. A guy came out and saw the dog that bit Ryan and was in disbelief that it was her that did it. It's on file and she's still very much alive and kicking. I hope eveyrthing will turn out alright!