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We have a 96 pound German Shepherd mix. My cousin has a 100+ pound Akita
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My cousin stopped by and the dogs were by us in the yard. They have been around each other 3 or 4 times without problems. Not sure who started it but they started fighting. I was right there and dropped to a knee facing my dog and shoved my arm between them in a successful attempt to get my arms around my dog and kind of tackle him out of the way. Meanwhile, Bandit was on a leash and my cousin pulled her back and wrapped his hand around her muzzle. Took my dog in and my cousin asked if he got bit.
I said no, but I did.
Top of forearm.

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Bottom side of forearm
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The pictures are from about 4 hours after., when my wife was cleaning and dressing the wounds. I had immediately rinced with soap & water, followed by peroxide. Wife is a nurse. She used alcohol and Neosporin. Bottom side is starting to bruise pretty good. These 2 were the worst with the lower one being the deepest. Knew I stood a fair chance of getting bit but seemed the best way to break it up fast. Wasnt sure which dog got me at first but mine was on the left so bite had to be from him. Oh well. Glad neither dog got hurt and I was still able to go out and shoot a few rounds afterwards. I was playing with the Akita and she may have growled. I think my dog may have thought she had ill intentions towards me and was thinking he was coming to my aid....then I stuck my arm in his mouth
 

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My cousin works 4pm until 2-4am. I go to his place and walk Bandit around 7:00 then again about 11:30. I was the first person she met when he brought her home from the SPCA last December, so I know both dogs very well. If it had been a stray and that happened, I probably would have gone in kicking, and may have pulled my J frame
 

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Glad your OK because that situation could got worse.
 

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Dogs are funny about stuff and territorial. When Quincy was alive and the neighbor gal stopped by with her Golden, Quincy was always on one side of the fence and the Golden on the other. Quincy was a 120 pound Black Lab Shepard mix and a stray. Great pup but dogs have certain ideas about things we don't understand. Quincy and the Golden always appeared friendly but I never took a chance.

No point in finding out the hard way. Glad you are ok. Get a tetanus shot lately? Nice puncture wounds.

Best to keep them separated by a barrier (fence) at least or leashed up with a smooth choker which is how I always walked Quince. At 120 pounds a normal collar is no deterrent if they get territorial.
 

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Boy oh boy Jonsey, I can't tell you how many times I've xrayed dog owners that have come in with bites received when trying to break up dog fights. And most of the time it was from their own pets, like your case. The xrays are ordered more to check for foreign bodies in the wounds than for broken bones.

The swelling and redness are not a good sign. If your wife is nagging you to get medical attention, go. I'm guessing they both are up to date with their shots but an infection is still a possibility. And you don't want that to get out of control.

One may think it odd but, in my humble experience, the most common type of pet owner injury is a broken ankle caused by either tripping over the proverbial sleeping dog, or being yanked off one's feet by a leashed pet while out for a walkie. We get these cases on a regular basis. Several time a week. Year round. Worst case scenarios were those who have gone down with a broken ankle AND were bitten while trying to break up a fight. It happens.
Hope you heal up.

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In my town we had a guy die from an infection from a dog bite a couple of years ago.
 
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Dogs are strange animals. Some are openly protective and territorial aggressive and others are passively protective and territorial aggressive. Mine have always been the passive variety but you never know what they will perceive as a threat to "their" pack or their pack's territory.

Man, I'd sure go get that arm looked at.
 

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Dogs are strange animals. Some are openly protective and territorial aggressive and others are passively protective and territorial aggressive. Mine have always been the passive variety but you never know what they will perceive as a threat to "their" pack or their pack's territory.

Man, I'd sure go get that arm looked at.
My dog is very protective, usually in a passive way. He will try to get between me and an unknown guest and sit there. Arm actually feels much better today. Less bruising than I expected, no sign of infection. If I can avoid medical treatment I will because the state will require a report on a dog bite and put my dog on a list. He is 11 years old, never has bit anyone and is usually as gentle as a lamb. I can take a steak bone from him without a growl and if you give him a treat he is very careful not to nip you when he takes it.
 

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Well, I'm sure your dog didn't bite you on purpose. Your forearm just was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I see the Akita is a female. Not sure if that's significant or not. They're great dogs, and I don't see a lot of them around here. I'll say this, and your cousin will probably disagree: Akitas are notoriously dog-aggressive. Doesn't matter if they're male or female, they simply don't like other dogs as a rule. They are bred to be guard dogs and in Japan they were used to hunt bears. They are brave and dominant dogs, and sometimes that bravery needs an outlet and will manifest itself as dog aggression. Anyway, it's good you weren't seriously injured. Looks to be mostly puncture wounds...be glad the dog didn't hold on and start shaking your arm around.
 

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Well, I'm sure your dog didn't bite you on purpose. Your forearm just was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I see the Akita is a female. Not sure if that's significant or not. They're great dogs, and I don't see a lot of them around here. I'll say this, and your cousin will probably disagree: Akitas are notoriously dog-aggressive. Doesn't matter if they're male or female, they simply don't like other dogs as a rule. They are bred to be guard dogs and in Japan they were used to hunt bears. They are brave and dominant dogs, and sometimes that bravery needs an outlet and will manifest itself as dog aggression. Anyway, it's good you weren't seriously injured. Looks to be mostly puncture wounds...be glad the dog didn't hold on and start shaking your arm around.
Yep, completely my fault for sticking my arm in there, but if I hadnt, I think it would have been the Akita who got bit. She would not have taken kindly to that and things would have spiraled out of control. She knows no fear. My cousin has Akita experience, and in fact is was required for him to adopt the dog. She is his second.
We may try walking them together on neutral ground to see if that makes a difference.
 

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My dog is very protective, usually in a passive way. He will try to get between me and an unknown guest and sit there. Arm actually feels much better today. Less bruising than I expected, no sign of infection. If I can avoid medical treatment I will because the state will require a report on a dog bite and put my dog on a list. He is 11 years old, never has bit anyone and is usually as gentle as a lamb. I can take a steak bone from him without a growl and if you give him a treat he is very careful not to nip you when he takes it.
Same here with dog bites. So you were fishing and got tangled up with some fishing hooks... It's all good.
 

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Glad it isn't worse than it is.

Dog fights can sound downright terrifying, but they often sound much worse than they actually are and will often quickly stop before any significant injury. To stop a dog fight don't stick yer own paw in the mix.... you'll get bit. Okay... duh... you got that figured out already. With two of ya there grab each by the hind legs and separate. Water hose can be effective.
 
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