Air Gun Pellet Injuries
Despite new legislation being introduced regarding the ownership of guns, many pet owners still worry about their much-loved pet being hit with an airgun pellet and what they should do if this happens. Obviously, their injured pet needs veterinary attention as soon as possible because some pellets can cause extensive internal injuries.
Any wounds should be covered with dressings to prevent them from becoming contaminated and pressure applied to stop any bleeding. Once at the veterinary surgery, an x-ray can be taken to identify where the airgun pellet has lodged and a decision can be made on the course of action to be taken.
Sometimes pellets can lodge in a muscle or just under the skin where they do not cause any serious problems, apart from the initial skin wound and surrounding bruising. Unfortunately, airgun pellets can also penetrate to deeper tissues where they could cause severe injury or even fatality.
Pellets are made of an inert metal so it is the initial trauma, which is the problem. The entry wounds can be very small and can be mistaken for a bite.
If you are suspicious of a pellet injury, consult your vet immediately as pellet injuries can be easily diagnosed with an x-ray.
Using airguns to injure animals can carry a penalty of ajail sentence and/or a high fine.