Otis got hit by a car, question re: meds
Houston

Otis got hit by a car two hours ago, and we are finally home again from the Emergency Vet. He is OK, roadrash on nose and one leg, and potential bruised lung (I know there is a medical term but I am a little frazzled so I can't think of it right now). My question; the ER vet wanted me to give him an anti inflammatory for a few days, named METACAM, does anybody know of this med? Is it safe for Otis to take? I sure don't want to have another emergency, my heart is litterally beating on the outside of my body right now. Any help would be very appreciated.

Thanks

Here is a link on Metacam, I would do as the Vet instructs….

http://www.metacam.us/

Hope that he is feeling better soon…. and if there is one potential killer to Basenjis more then genetic problems it is cars... they can never be trusted not to bolt into the street....

Oh no!!! I agree with Pat…follow the vets instructions. I hope Otis feels better soon. And it is so true about cars...I think we all personally at least one Basenji that has been killed by a car. Two of my dogs' sires were killed in the prime of life by being hit by a car....you and Otis are in my thoughts.

Houston

I did end up giving him his dose with dinner, even though I hadn't heard anything. He ate his dinner fine is now chewing on a shank bone. He is a little stiff, but that is to be expected when you go flying throught the air like he did. We are very lucky to have him with us this evening. Damn squirrel..and he wasn't even chasing it, our other dog was, so I ran after her and he ran after me. The car saw me with Luna and that I was waving to make him slow down, he barely slowed down, hit Otis head on and kept going…I so wanted to wring that mans neck. It was an accident I understand, but at least stop and see if you can help. Otis went flying through the air, and once on the ground again, speed off like a rocket scared to death, it took me several minutes to calm him down to the point were I could catch him..My poor 8 year old daughter witnessed the whole thing and is really shook up this evening, but again, thankfully Otis is here with us at home.
The little info on Metacam I found, made it seem "pretty" harmless, and the fact that it is addicting didn't worry me, since he only got a few doses of it for the next couple of days.

Wow…sorry to hear about Otis...I hope he feels better soon.

@Quercus:

I think we all personally at least one Basenji that has been killed by a car. Two of my dogs' sires were killed in the prime of life by being hit by a car….

I agree…this spring, one of Brando's daughters slipped her lead after a dog show in Spain and was killed by a car. 😞

Houston

Thank you for your sweet words, Pat and Andrea. I have never with the 7 dogs I have owned in my life seen anything like that, a dog hit by a car..horrific, and then to be your new puppy…I don't even want to think of it..The vet said taht it was a good thing he is a puppy, it makes him more resilient and they basically tuck and roll.
We have a large backyard and that is were we play most of the time, but for change of scenery we go out to the front yard, and we do this almost daily, and out of nowhere
that squirrel came and almost changed our family...I want to put up a fence and have been searching the forum on the Invisible Fence, I understand the dislikes, but I was wondering, as an area that we only visit with human supervision, do y'all think it would work? The dogs nor my kids are ever allowed out in the front unless my husband our I are there with them. Our backyard has an 8' fence all the way around and I know dogs can climb it, our Lou did that, only to pee on the other side, then he would come back over to the backyard again..silly dog. Give me your thoughts on it, if you please..

I would never trust an invisable fence… While they might work 90% of the time... it would be the 10% that is the problems. And they do not keep critters or people out of your yard... Most Basenjis that I know would gladly run through the pain of the shock if on the chase... period... It is the chase that gets their attention, not the thought of "hey I am going to get shocked".

IMO, the only safe way to have a dog in an unfenced area is on a leash, period. It is not worth taking the chance to have any dog run into the street.... There was someone else on the Forums a long while back that used to let their B loose cause they lived on a road that had only a few cars a day... Took only that one car, that one day.. IMO best to keep them on a leash

Wow, glad is he is OK. I can't imagine my B being loose. I know he'd be hit by a car. He tries to run after cars while on leash basically with every car he sees.

I hope he gets better.

I agree with Pat..the invisable fence gives the owners a false sense of security and the animals none.

IMHO, in the thick of a chase (like what happened with Otis today), I would say all bets would be off if they would even think about the consequence of the zap from the fence.

I have some friends with Invisible Fence, and their German Shepard has chased thru the pain on more than one occasion. And he has also stayed in the woods for a night because he wouldn't come back across the fence to come back in the yard.

Houston

Ok, I will look into other types of fences, or maybe not let them run the huge frontyard.
Thanks for y'alls input, I appreciate it.

I am so sorry to hear about Otis but I am very very happy he is going to be all right. Hope your all right hard to get over things like that. I would not trust invisable fence know several people that had them and they have never worked out ever. Take care and try to get some rest tonight lets all know how the both of you are doing.

Rita Jean

Houston

You're right, our Lou that would jump the 8' fence, he was mildly bothered by the electric fence we put on top to keep him in, and he kept on jumping out for years with zapping on his belly..I can see how Otis would push right through that potential zap and not care one bit what so ever..

I know everone on here is not crazy about Jaycee's training with sit mean sit but I know deep in my heart with collar on if something happen hopefully and just maybe we have a better chance. We never want to be mean to Jaycee but we do not want to see her get hurt or soemthing worse.
Put your baby on your lap and rest holding him tight love and time all will be better. Be safe and rest tonight.

Rita Jean

@Rita:

I know everone on here is not crazy about Jaycee's training with sit mean sit but I know deep in my heart with collar on if something happen hopefully and just maybe we have a better chance. We never want to be mean to Jaycee but we do not want to see her get hurt or soemthing worse.
Put your baby on your lap and rest holding him tight love and time all will be better. Be safe and rest tonight.

Rita Jean

What do you mean? Does 'sit means sit' use an electric collar for training? I honestly don't know this company, and know nothing about their training techniques.

I was shocked to see this post. I am so sorry to hear about Otis. It seems he'll be OK. I've had a few close calls over the years myself. I had my first Basenji dart across the street and actually the car didn't hit the dog but the dog hit the backend bumper it was running so fast. Luckily only got a cut on the nose. The kid stopped the car and was very nice and apologized, went to pet the dog and the dog growled at him. We laughed. Nipper was really LUCKY!
Please keep us posted on his progress.

Andrea no not a shock collar there is a difference in there collar and a shock collar. We have a shock collar was for our akita we used it one time and that was it we took it off and put it away. In the box in attic still looks new years and years later.
The company name is "Sit Means Sit" they are all over U.S. and overseas. Please look them up and read about them they will come to your house for a free demo. You get to hold the collar in your hand and you can see how it works. We have Jaycee on what they call a 10 we have had to go higher but what it does is like a pulse like saying hey I am talking to you so you can get there attn.
Jaycee first class was three weeks ago Sunday and we learned to sit,wait,off and our playtime word for us is free. Wait is great use at door my granny lives with us so we used it first at her door when she would come out we would tell Jaycee wait. Like anything else you have to work at it and work but she has really learned and we have had fun. Jaycee has had fun.
Second week was this way used to teach her to go on lead the way you want and when your ready not when she is ready. Place this can be different things place on like safety because they are in danger or could be really cool. Now not to say that this way and place have not come hard they have and we are working on them everyday. Not sure what happens Sunday.
After your three weeks here they meet twice a week here on Thursday night and Saturday. Welcome to come rest of your dogs life if you like. Were dogs and people go and learn more and work on what you have learned then they have play time in Jaycee case we will tell her free.
This is not cheap but neither was Jaycee and we cannot but a price on her life and going to 6 week class for one hour and then you go another 6 weeks for second step and 1/2 hour drive each way and loss of time and gas this is really a wash.
Jaycee has really done great with this training and at front door we have been also using wait so any time anyone goes to door before opened first words are wait and we have not had any bolts for the door. Not to say that it could not happen or will not but better by 100 % to what it was and I am sure as time goes on it will get better.
Hope you read this and please let me know what you think.

Rita Jean

I'm so sorry about Otis… But I'm so glad he's okay!

Do you have trees in your yard? I was watching either Animal Precinct or Animal Cops Houston and this guy securely tied a very long rope between 2 trees, and he attached a long leash on it so his dog can play (with the long least going back and forth the length of the 2 trees that the rope is tied to)... (He did have a medium sized dog like a shepard or retriever, can't remember exactly...)

Just a thought...

@Rita:

Andrea no not a shock collar there is a difference in there collar and a shock collar. We have a shock collar was for our akita we used it one time and that was it we took it off and put it away. In the box in attic still looks new years and years later.
The company name is "Sit Means Sit" they are all over U.S. and overseas. Please look them up and read about them they will come to your house for a free demo. You get to hold the collar in your hand and you can see how it works. We have Jaycee on what they call a 10 we have had to go higher but what it does is like a pulse like saying hey I am talking to you so you can get there attn.
Jaycee first class was three weeks ago Sunday and we learned to sit,wait,off and our playtime word for us is free. Wait is great use at door my granny lives with us so we used it first at her door when she would come out we would tell Jaycee wait. Like anything else you have to work at it and work but she has really learned and we have had fun. Jaycee has had fun.
Second week was this way used to teach her to go on lead the way you want and when your ready not when she is ready. Place this can be different things place on like safety because they are in danger or could be really cool. Now not to say that this way and place have not come hard they have and we are working on them everyday. Not sure what happens Sunday.
After your three weeks here they meet twice a week here on Thursday night and Saturday. Welcome to come rest of your dogs life if you like. Were dogs and people go and learn more and work on what you have learned then they have play time in Jaycee case we will tell her free.
This is not cheap but neither was Jaycee and we cannot but a price on her life and going to 6 week class for one hour and then you go another 6 weeks for second step and 1/2 hour drive each way and loss of time and gas this is really a wash.
Jaycee has really done great with this training and at front door we have been also using wait so any time anyone goes to door before opened first words are wait and we have not had any bolts for the door. Not to say that it could not happen or will not but better by 100 % to what it was and I am sure as time goes on it will get better.
Hope you read this and please let me know what you think.

Rita Jean

I did check out the website, but couldn't find any mention of what training techniques were used. Thanks for clarifying that for me.

Thanks for suggestion to try it out…but since I own a training business, and use positive reinforcement techniques, I most likely won't be doing that 🙂

Traditionally, Basenjis don't do well with training that use punitive techniques like e-collars...but every situation is different, so I wish you good luck. 🙂

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