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Stray dogs

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Stray dogs

Hello! Im planning to visit koh tao soon but i need to know in advance if the island reeks of dogs like koh chang.... i was attacked 2 times there and i dont want to repeat the experience.... im very scared of dogs so please tell me honestly what the situation is.... thank you so much.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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1. Re: Stray dogs

How many times were you bit during the attacks?

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2. Re: Stray dogs

Chang is worse for dogs.

Dogs never attack unless you run from them. I guess you just mean barked a lot?

Chonburi, Thailand
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Many people are attacked threatened and bitten by dogs whilst visiting Thailand and it often has nothing to do with "running away".

Dogs, especially free roaming or semi-feral can be very territorial and this territory can often be a section of beach....without realising it a person can quickly be surrounded by barking dogs....this can be very unpleasant and some dogs then learn to bite and snap. Children can be particularly at risk if they try to pet an animal that is basically not socialised with human contact.

The normal response in Thailand is to muzzle any dog that has bitten someone....this is very hit and miss and highly unsatisfactory as they are often released or escape from this constriction.

If you are confronted by an aggressive dog,the usual response to is to bend down and pretend to pick up a stone....most, but not all, will run/back off at this point.

Many people out walking or jogging on their own or with a pet dog carry a stick.

On Koh Tao......

The Soi Dog Foundation has just spent several weeks on the Samui archipelago with their catch neuter/vaccinate program. They may even still be on KT.

On Samui they dealt with over 4000 animals...I don't have the figures for KT.

Whereas this will bring about a gradual reduction in the population, there won't be an immediately noticeable difference. The dogs may be healthier though. A discarded dog is more likely to be aggressive and bite.

What to do if you are bitten?

Nowhere in Thailand is officially rabies free and even islands are visited by many owned dogs, so be aware.

Before travelling anywhere in the world a rabies vaccination is worth considering/updating. If bitten - even a scratch - you should go straight to hospital or clinic for booster shots.

There is also the possibility that somewhere like KT may not have the vaccine, in which case you should get to Samui or the mainland.

Most Thai people do not believe in killing dogs, whatever the reason. Whereas culls on islands can work, they are beset with cultural and physical (e.g. disposal) problems.

The best way of dealing with any dog population is capture/neuter/vaccinate/return. Between 70% and 80% respectively is sufficient to bring the population under control.

Restricting food supply is crucial too. NEVER feed stray dogs...it doesn't help in helping run.

Edited: 18 October 2018, 12:44
Chonburi, Thailand
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4. Re: Stray dogs

Apparently there is a good clinic on the island.

The number of strays was put at about 1000 5 years ago.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.nz/ShowTopic-g303…

Bangkok, Thailand
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I only read the first paragraph because it's obvious this is going to turn into another wilcop rant. Street dogs (on a public street) don't attack you unless you are scared of them or you are running. Or possibly if you approach baby dogs and their mother tries to protect them, which it doesn't sound like the OP would do. There will be very, very few exceptions to this. Any further long-winded replies will be ignored.

Edited: 19 October 2018, 18:41
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Complete rubbish that dogs only attack if you're scared or running away from them

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It's not. You said dogs. We're talking about street/stray dogs. They aren't defending a territory and they don't attack unless you are running or exhibiting other similar signs of fear.

And attack means physically bite. Coming up behind you and barking aggressively at your legs is not an attack.

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nbrt - yet more of the misleading ill-informed and inaccurate comments we've come to expect from you.

Edited: 19 October 2018, 19:21
Chonburi, Thailand
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9. Re: Stray dogs

Street dogs most definitely ARE territorial

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It would be interesting to know what effect the recent visit by SDF to the island has had.

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