I let some watch him while I was away and they abused him
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I'm sorry to hear about the situation with your German Shepherd. When a dog has been through a traumatic experience such as abuse, it's important to approach the situation with sensitivity and care. The first step is to observe your dog's behavior and physical condition closely. Signs of abuse can manifest both physically and emotionally.
Physically, you may notice bruises, cuts, limping, or tenderness when you touch certain areas of your dog's body. It's important to gently examine your dog for any visible injuries, being careful not to cause further pain or distress. If you find any wounds, you can clean them with mild antiseptic, but avoid using any strong chemicals or human medications without consulting a professional.
Emotionally, your dog may exhibit signs of fear or anxiety, such as cowering, tucking the tail, avoiding eye contact, or showing aggression. It's crucial to provide a safe and quiet environment for your dog to help him feel secure. Offer comfort and reassurance through a calm and gentle demeanor.
Ensure that your dog has access to fresh water and encourage him to eat, but don't force it if he's not interested. Monitor his eating, drinking, and elimination habits, as changes in these can indicate stress or health issues.
If your dog is showing signs of severe anxiety, such as persistent shaking, hiding, or aggression, you can try to create a calming atmosphere with soft music, a comfortable bed, and perhaps a piece of clothing with your scent on it to provide comfort.
In terms of symptomatic situations that would require immediate veterinary attention, be on the lookout for the following:
1. Difficulty breathing or excessive panting that doesn't settle.
2. Severe lethargy or unresponsiveness.
3. Vomiting or diarrhea that is persistent or contains blood.
4. Signs of pain like whining, shaking, or reluctance to move.
5. Any seizures or loss of consciousness.
If you notice any of these symptoms, it's important to seek veterinary care immediately as they could indicate serious health issues.
Remember, the emotional recovery from abuse can take time, and your dog may benefit from behavioral therapy or training with a professional who has experience with traumatized animals. It's also important to report the abuse to the appropriate authorities to prevent future incidents.
Your dog's vaccinations and preventatives for heartworm, rabies, and flea and tick are up to date, which is excellent. This means that some potential health concerns are already being managed, allowing you to focus on his immediate physical and emotional needs.
If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.