Last night at the local park, Chip was happy and went toward the gate to greet a couple of white American bulldog-types, that were there with a couple and woman with a kid. I really wasn't paying much attention, he is social and very benign. Suddenly there was a huge fight, actually he was barely defending himself, she attacked, had him by the throat, owner kicked her off but she kept coming back, Chipley was screaming and frozen. We ran up screaming, the owners had the attacker under control, were very apologetic, actually they are neighbors! (Don sort of went off on them, but realized we knew them). I washed the sand off him (he had been on his back most of the time) and found a big, deep puncture on his lower left throat, bleeding steadily.
We came home and bathed him, he seemed OK, tail was up but there was some swelling and it was still bleeding a bit. And we could see that it was deep. Off to the emergency vet, didn't want an airway emergency in the middle of the night, but didn't want to make the trauma worse by poking and prodding at the vet.
They agreed it was deep and needed a good look. Sedated him lightly, irrigated it gave pain med and bandaged him (no stitches, it needed to drain). Very deep, cut muscle which is why still bleeding. He was totally stoned all evening, could barely walk for several hours. Gave half a pain pill and antibiotic this morning, but he has been in pain all day, crying every time he moved. The vet called in the afternoon and said to increase to 1 whole pain pill twice a day, so after a whole one he is now sleeping. A couple of other punctures but just skin cut, he really got beat up all over.
The worse thing was this morning he was afraid to go outside, I had to drag him out with Eddie. Don took all 3 for a long walk this afternoon and Chip was leading, which is a good thing. Poor baby was really fearful and I hope he gets over that! We were going to go back to the park today briefly, hopefully while empty after the rain, to give him a good experience there?but it's still raining. And Chip is asleep in a bed under the table. Not bleeding anymore, but the whole side of his neck and head is very sore. Poor little guy.
The owners of the girl said she had developed issues but they thought they had worked through them. The man threw her in the car and he took her home, the owner stayed with her friend, child and their dog. Nice young couple, very sorry.
At any rate, fingers crossed that his psyche heals as well as his body surely will. I thought she was going to kill my dog, I think I was screaming like a madwoman as I ran toward them. I hope that this Sunday with his basenji friends will smooth things for him, they are a healing force of nature!
In 10 years of going to dog parks almost every day, this is only the second time we have had to go to the vet for an injury, so overall I still think it is safe. I was lulled by the quiet evening in our local small park, usually very nice dogs, but it can happen anywhere.My friend's basenji was attacked by a loose dog in his neighborhood while they were walking; at least at the park there was an alert owner close by to stop his dog! My poor boy is such a calm, innocent little guy, friendly to everyone. My fear now is that he will change and not be so gentle and trusting. Time will tell.