Vietnam: Blinded Dog In A Dog Snatchers Cage
A couple of days ago a young Vietnamese animal lover stood in front of a dog snatcher’s cage which was loaded with two live dogs, and agonized about what to do. One of the dogs had a severe head trauma which had popped both it’s eyeballs from it’s eye sockets, probably leaving it permanently blind. The dog possibly has a fractured snout and an injured front left leg which has a bloodied open wound. This poor dog must have been be in agony.
The brown dog in the cage appears to be in good health, but is clearly terrified.
The young woman bought both dogs because she couldn’t walk away knowing the critically injured dog needed immediate help, which it wouldn’t get in the hands of dog traders and dog butchers, where it could be left to linger in pain for weeks, before being slaughtered. The brown dog has been taken into foster and is doing well.
The next step for the injured dog is now is the vet situation – because not all vets are equal in Vietnam. Local vets are taught livestock vet medicine but most local vets are taught nothing about domestic pets such as dogs or cats. Many local vets are known for not using pain relief or any anesthetic during open surgery, and may local vets mostly refuse to euthanize, no matter how much pain or intolerable suffering or complete inability to survive.
Arriving at the vet clinic the dog was checked out and diagnosed with the following: “a swollen mouth blood infection, infection of the nose, eye conjunctivitis and congestive bulging of the eyes.”
I am ‘not’ a vet but I do not think eye conjunctivitis is this dog’s main problem! Both it’s eyes are protruding out of it’s eye sockets! This dog needs pain relief and immediate surgery on both it’s eyes. Sadly, it will be left blinded, even after surgery.
At the local vets, notice the cotton wool stuck to the dog’s injured front left elbow. The photo below shows the local vet examining the dog’s skin infection and looking in it’s mouth. I am currently trying to locate exactly which vet clinic this dog is hospitalized at.
For people looking for a good dog and cat vet in Saigon, we recommend Dr. Nghia, at the Saigon Pet Clinic, 385 Điện Biên Phủ, Phường 25, Bình Thanh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Phone: +84 91 377 61 53.
Both dogs look to be beautiful natured animals who just want to live in peace and be loved. It’s terrible that either of them ended up in a dog snatcher’s death cage, and tragic that the tan colored dog will lose his sight, leaving him blind. Thank you to the lady who stepped in to help the dogs, and is doing all in her power to bring relief to the critically injured dog. Fight Dog Meat will bring you updates on this dog’s progress as they become available.
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