Search for AREN



Little Roxy Surviving A Dog Attack

This is the story about the smallest dog with the largest will to survive against all the odds!


Roxy, a gorgeous little Chihuahua weighing only 1.5kg, arrived at the Hallam Animal Emergency Centre collapsed and barely alive after surviving a horrific dog attack. Roxy’s owners had found her lying unconscious in a pool of blood, after being attacked by a larger dog.


Our team of experienced veterinary surgeons and nurses immediately set about resuscitating Roxy as she lay unconscious and barely breathing. It soon became obvious that Roxy had suffered severe head trauma and there was a very high suspicion that her skull was fractured. In addition, Roxy was bleeding internally and was quickly losing blood from her circulation.


The severity of Roxy’s injuries was discussed with her owners, who were very keen to give her every chance of survival.


It was prudent that Roxy received intravenous fluids and that required placement of a catheter into a vein in her leg. Roxy was in such a bad way that it was impossible to find a vein. Instead, the team set about placing a special needle directly into the bone; this was the last resort in an attempt to get fluids into the circulation. Roxy started to respond! Her blood pressure began to rise, her circulation improved and the team could then place a catheter in her leg. A blood transfusion was given to replace that lost.


The biggest concern now for Roxy was her head trauma. After being stabilised for a couple of hours, Roxy had a seizure. This was quickly managed with anti-seizure medication. It was crucial to assess what was happening to Roxy’s brain – had the skull been fractured? If so, was it pressing against her brain or causing bleeding onto her brain? Thankfully for Roxy, the Hallam AEC has full CT imaging on site. Roxy was transferred to the CT suite and a CT scan was performed of her head. The images revealed two skull fractures that were slightly compressed. There was also an opening into the skull. The great news was that no bleeding on the brain was seen. The skull fractures could be managed without the need for surgery.


Over the next three days, Roxy became stronger and stronger. She continued to receive pain relief, antibiotics, and oxygen support and remained in intensive care.


All through her treatments, Roxy had the support and loving care of her owners. Their dedication was a key part of her speedy ongoing recovery.


Roxy is now ravenous for her cooked chicken and wags her tail whenever she is examined.


This remarkable little dog has battled against the greatest odds – her strong character, the dedication of her owners, and the incredible work carried out by the medical team at the AEC will see Roxy take her next step to recovery as she heads home for ongoing care.


Good luck Roxy!


You can read more of our specialist veterinary news and stories here.

For referring vets, please use our online referral form to submit a case enquiry.


Our Network

Animal Referral & Emergency network is the largest specialty and referral network in Australia, consisting of over 20 sites. With over 1,200 dedicated team members, including over 600 nurses and over 390 veterinarians (including specialists and registrars), we provide exceptional care for your pets. Count on us for expert medical attention and comprehensive veterinary services.