Several types of wounds can be inflicted in a dog fight which is why a trip to your family veterinarian is prudent to check for injuries.
Bite wounds, lacerations, and skin tears to or on the surface are easier to see and most likely easier to repair. The other injuries are those that are not as readily apparent like head trauma, fractured ribs, internal hemorrhage, internal organ damage, or wounds that extend into the chest or abdominal cavity. Unfortunately, we have seen all of these types of injuries, but fortunately, not all on the same dog.
All of these injuries can be life threatening and require veterinary care. So even if there doesn't seem to be a serious wound on the outside that requires immediate attention you should watch your animal for the following signs.
- Differences in pupil size
- Rigid limbs
- Uncoordinated movement
- Unusual eye movement
- Bleeding from the nostrils
- Bleeding from the ear canal
- Head tilt
- Difficulty breathing
- Pale gums
- Hard belly
If you are witness to the dog fight do not place yourself between the fighting animals. Avoid getting bit by learning how to break up a dog fight. Here are a couple websites with some good ideas.
http://leerburg.com/pdf/howtobreakupdogfight.pdf (kind of lengthy);
The moral of the story...the bite is always way worse than the bark.