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“Minnie” the three-year-old Chihuahua was enjoying herself on the Stowe bike path, when she was attacked by a larger dog (Bull Mastiff). In the veterinary world, this scenario is unfortunately so common, there is an acronym for it — BDLD, which stands for “Big Dog-Little Dog” — and it almost always results in an emergency situation. Little “Minnie” was picked up and shaken by her attacker causing bite wounds and a degloving injury (when a section of skin is forcibly detached from the underlying tissue). “Minnie” was brought to her regular veterinary office where surgery was performed to repair her injuries and then she came to BEVS for overnight monitoring. The photos provided by “Minnie’s” mom are two weeks post surgery and show how well she is doing now.

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Written by Aimee Gilfillan

For emergencies, please call (802) 863-2387 before you come to our hospital to discuss your pet’s condition so we may advise you about the urgency of the problem. Click here to learn when your pet may require urgent care,

Due to the high numbers of critical patients in our hospital, we may need to advise you to seek care at another veterinary hospital and provide you with a list. There is a limit to the number of very ill patients our veterinarians and technicians can care for. We appreciate your patience and understanding during these challenging times.

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