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Unfortunate event at BH trial
Looking for your advice. Rex was doing his BH trial this past weekend and in the final step the recall he was running towards me and then half way through decided to turn and bolt towards the other dog in a long down. Long story, a fight broke out and while the other dog was unharmed Rex got bit on his front right leg. One puncture wound and required 3 staples. One on his inner leg and 2 on the back of the elbow. Considering how bad the fight looked both dogs looked ok. The other dog ended up completing his BH and passed.
While Rex injury doesnt seem too bad. He is very lethargic after coming back from the emergency hospital. The wound is draining nicely. He slept the entire day 1 and didnt eat anything. He also slept most of today (Day 2) and ate very little treats but is drinking lots of water and peeing lots. He's not eating much food. Tried rice, kibble, greek yogurt, peanut butter, wet food. etc. Tried it all and he keeps refusing it. He has trouble getting up an needs help. Other than getting up to potty he doesnt have much in him and lays down right away. His injured leg is also swollen and cant bear any weight on it.
His medication requires him to have eaten so we havent been able to give him his antibiotics or pain meds. However, went to his regular vet today to get antibiotics and pain meds that he can take on an empty stomach. Vet said that once he's eating we can switch to the meds from the animal hospital. We were able to get his first round of meds in.
While he has improved very slightly on day 2. He still seems very off for a minor injury. Multiple calls to the vet and they havent really suggested bringing him in just yet.
Any tips to get him to eat? Or similar injury and how long it took to heal/get better? Does coming off anesthesia take long?
Hard to see a dog who is always active and full of energy so lifeless and just wanting to sleep all day.