When Nature Meets Nurture

King Tut and Nefertiti

King Tut and Nefertiti, active and healthy Miniature Pinschers, were on a walk with their owner when they came across a bucolic scene of a doe and her young fawns by a stream. They were taken by surprise when the doe’s protective instinct kicked in, causing her to cross the stream and confront the dogs. The doe caught Nefertiti and kicked her repeatedly in the abdomen. When King Tut tried to come to Nefertiti’s rescue, he was kicked in the hind leg. Fortunately, the owner was able to rescue Nefertiti and King Tut, but narrowly escaped the angry doe.

Nefertiti was badly injured, with a torn abdomen and a hernia. Her intestines had been crushed by the doe’s kick and were covered in dirt. She had lost a lot of blood and was in pain. Pet Specialist’s emergency crew had prepared a trauma kit so Nefertiti could be admitted immediately. They administered medication for shock and for pain, and performed emergency surgery to repair Nefertiti’s intestines and hernia. Nefertiti did well during surgery, recovered quickly, and was released to her owner the following day. King Tut suffered a muscle tear and bone bruise on his hind leg. He was treated with pain medications and released with a plan for rest and rehabilitation.

Pet Specialists is happy to report that both King Tut and Nefertiti are doing well. King Tut has a minor limp as he continues to rebuild his muscle. Other than a small scar, Nefertiti is back to her normal, active self.

Client Education:

Although a deer attack is rare, it is an important topic for discussion. A large number of pets are admitted to the emergency clinic each year due to wild animal attacks. Wild animals now live in close proximity to residential areas and are commonly encountered in rural California parks.

Please keep in mind that wild animals dangerous and can seriously harm your pets. Our recommendations to keep your pets safe are as follows:

* Leash your pet when walking in a rural area. Coyotes often bait dogs into chasing them so the coyote “pack “ can catch the dog unaware. In many cases, your pet’s drive to chase will outweigh any training; control is lost without a leash.
* Pets should be kept indoors after dark. The majority of raccoon, skunk, and feral cat fights occur just after dark. In the morning, before letting your pet outside, check your yard for wild animals and make your presence known. Coyotes and bobcats often wait in the yard and attack small pets as they exit the house.
* Consider rattlesnake vaccinations, if appropriate. Although your pet will still require medical attention if bitten, studies show vaccinated dogs have a higher survival rate.
* Keep rabies vaccinations current. Post exposure vaccination is required after a wild animal bite, but current vaccinations are the best way to prevent the spread of this disease.
* In all cases, think safety first. If you need us, we will be here.