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Q: Do B.B. guns and air guns leave marks?

December 21, 2008 | By Jessica P. | 9 answers | Expired: 2060 days ago

Jessica P.

My dog is very high anxiety. It is obvious that he was not treated very well in previous homes (yes homes, with an s). He is currently about a year old, and I adopted him from the shelter 6months ago. He has come a LOOOONG way. Though last night there was a party or something in the neighborhood and like always people talking set him off and he barked (once or twice), he usually with give me a few more barks after a "No" (he is not a big barker, my landlords love how quiet he is). Anyway my point is this, some one set off a firecracker or gun shot and Fresco just about had a heartattack and bolted under the bed to the farthest corner and did not move or make a sound for nearly 30minutes!!! Is it possible that some one shot at him before? The shot was not nearby (at least 4 or 5 houses away) not unusually loud. He doesn't appear to have any scars, but he knew to get away and stay away at that sound....What do you think?

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Kelly
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Jan 03, 2009

My dog was rescued off the streets & she's terrified of popping noises too. She curls up in a tight ball & just starts trembling. Its impossible to know what they experienced & lived through before we saved them so we just have to assume it wasn't good.

BBs may not always penetrate the skin. It depends on how powerful the BB gun was & how far away the shooter was. I've seen kids come into the clinic who were shot with BB guns & it didn't even break the skin. I saw another with a pellet lodged in his lung. It just depends.

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Trish D.
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Dec 22, 2008

I doubt it. Dogs have much better hearing than we do, so a pop that isn't terribly loud to us... is terribly loud to a dog, or horse, or cat, etc. All of my animals are afraid of such noises until they are desensetised (sp?) to it. One of my dogs gets upset when you pop bubble wrap.

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Anonymous
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Dec 22, 2008

YES IT DOES

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kathy m.
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Dec 22, 2008

there are no guns in our house and never have been but when the neighbor comes out of his house with camo on carring a rifle case my dog goes nuts and a car backfiring let alone a gun shot will send him howling...he just seems to know they are bad...no amound of consoling will settle him down either...if its a thunderstorm i just have to sit quietly with him till its over....you have a beautiful dog

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Jenison S.
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Dec 22, 2008

It's always a possibility...unfortunately...but dogs are notoriously startled by loud noises, such as fireworks and thunder. That's why shelters usually get an influx of dogs after holidays like the 4th of July and after major thunderstorms. Even low-anxiety dogs have the potential to act crazy during these times too. I recommend keeping your dog in a quiet, dark room on New Year's Eve and other holidays that prompt fireworks.

As for BBs leaving scars...they can, but they can also be missed easily.

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Dustin  A.
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Dec 21, 2008

I am going to say that your dog was probably spooked but if you thoroughly check him out he should be fine

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Cindy
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Dec 21, 2008

It is possible someone shot at him before, or he is just afraid of sudden, loud noises due to lack of proper socialization before you got him --bless your heart for taking him in! BB guns leave small entrance wounds and should be very hard to detect at this point. However, you can see the pellets on x-ray, and you would be able to feel little bumps if any lodged just under the skin. Check around his ears where there isn't a lot of fatty tissue.

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Brandi O.
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Dec 21, 2008

it is so sad how people could make a dog feel this way but it might be that someone did shot at him but dogs have really good ears some just act like that with loud sounds one way to see is if you make a loud sound like a pan hitting a pan or some thing like that if he acts the same way it is just loud sounds if not he might have been shot at

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Ethel02
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Dec 21, 2008

2 of my 3 dogs react that way, any holiday with fireworks or any thunderstorms 2 just run & hide, let them, I look to make sure their OK but it really won't help to try & comfort them I think you'll hear most people say their dogs have a problem, but not all my special girl 16 1/2 old grey hound has never had a scared reaction to anything, she will come out with us to watch the fireworks, my others are another grey & a black Lab & she looks at them like they've gone berserk, one is really bad with fear so I do have meds from the Vet, NEVER give your own anxiety meds., very dangerous, but unless its the 4th of July or new Years they really don't work because I'm supposed to give them 1 hr before noise, but I don't always know.

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