Intracranial stab wound in a dog

  • Adam Stern, DVM CMI-IV CFC DACVP University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
Keywords: forensic pathology, sharp force trauma, stabbing, ice pick, dog, canine


Sharp force wounds are not an uncommon cause of death in animal abuse cases. The reported case is of an adult dog that was stabbed in the head and had evidence of blunt force trauma. The stab wound was small and circular. The findings strongly support the use of an ice pick to cause the injury and support the need to be aware of unusual causes of sharp force trauma.