Clinic Stories

Bulletproof

A dog was rushed in on emergency after being shot in the head. When police investigating a burglary were charged by a Pit Bull one of the policemen shot the dog in the middle of the forehead and the dog went down. By the time the dog arrived at the Vet School emergency room where I was working as a junior student he was not only fully conscious but excited about the trip.

There was no doubt he had been shot. There was a hole in the center of his forehead just above his brow. An Xray told the story. The bullet had ricocheted off of the dog's skull then traveled under the skin until it stopped on the right side of his neck.

We anesthetized the dog, removed the bullet and sent him on his way with antibiotics and pain medications. Long before Kevlar, Pit Bulls were protected by their thick skulls.

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