Originally Posted by Anubis_Star
It's horrible. I will say this, depending on the strength of the groomer - if the dog latched on to her arm or hand and the groomer instinctively flung her arm out, depending on what the dog potentially hit it could of caused severe pulmonary damage.
That's why trained technicians and groomers and other staff should be able to handle. It should not get to the point where an animal is latched onto any part of your body. Proper restraint and handling should also be known so that in case of a bite you react properly and avoid hurting the animal.
I've seen more little dogs than I can count go after one of us at work all while the owner states the animal has NEVER bit. Owners tend to be in denial about their pets. But again a trained, competent person should never get to that point.
One of my doctors had a 4 month old kitten, her husband was holding it when the kitten bit his hand. He instinctively flung his hand, and the kitten flew into a cement step in the garage, breaking it's femur in two places. It had to have an FHO and pins to repair the distal fracture. If the kitten had of hit against his chest that could of caused these kinds of injuries.
So I agree with the doctor. I feel if the dog did go after her, her actions could be understandable yet still wrong, depending on what exactly happened (Now if the groomer picked up the dog and threw it against the wall, THAT is completely different than instinctively flinging your arm and the dog flying)
I have been bitten. It's part if the job and the training. My job is to get bit and keep the Dr and owners safe. I take a bite. But I have been trained and doing this for years. But still, when unexpected your instincts take over. A cat grabs your hand, you instinctively shake your arm. A dog grabs your leg, you kick out. It's instinct.
I have seen a mild mannered sheltie bite a Dr in the neck while she was carrying it. 4 punctures. Out of instinct the Dr dropped the dog, who wouldn't. The dog was fine. But we were all shaken up. And the Dr looked like a vampire got a hold of her.
The groomer should be fired, as she was. The owners are rightfully devastated and should be compensated. But how do you compensate the loss of a beloved pet? I don't know that you can. I would be horrified and destroyed if this happened to one of my pets. I can't fathom their pain.
At the first sign if aggression, the groomer should have shut the cage and gotten help. A lot of heartache could have been prevented. Towels, bite gloves, and a leash could have kept this dog alive. I can't believe anyone would actually been in fear of their life with such a small dog.
At my clinic we are quick to call an owner and tell them we can't safely work on their dog. Better than the alternative. We don't want to hurt someone's dog. We have lots of dogs that get sedated before grooming to prevent stress and bites.
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