Davidson County vet sees more dog injuries during warmer weather

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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. – Dr. Greg Hedrick with Davidson Animal Hospital said the warmer weather usually means more injuries in their office with dogs.

While it may be natural to let your dog loose to enjoy the weather, Hedrick said it can be dangerous.

“We see a lot hit by cars and with warmer the weather, the dogs are out more,” Hedrick said.

During the warmer months, the hospital treats three to four dogs hit by cars a week.

One dog in care is the first this year to be attacked by a coyote while out without a leash.

“This time of the year, coyotes are having pups and they’re searching for more food not only for them but for their offspring,” Hedrick said. “This gentleman said that on the property beside them they’ve already killed four coyotes.”

With several bites and wounds to the face and body, the dog, named Lincoln, still has surgery and rehabilitation.

Dr. Hedrick suggests keeping your dog on a leash at all times and in a safe enclosed area if they are not inside.

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