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Unfortunate event at BH trial

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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.
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Here is a pic before he was stapled. This only shows the puncture on the inner leg not the back of elbow. Can upload post-vet visit pics later.

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I'm sorry to hear this I know in the OB world, they are thinking of re writing the rule book to avoid these very incidences.

Bite wounds are not just puncture wounds, they are pressure wounds as well. Those bites probably crushed the muscles and it is very painful. Have you tried cooking chicken or ground beef?

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Try a jar of meat baby food, Cheese Whiz, good luck best wishes for a speedy recovery.
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Let us know how things go with your boy.

I hope he will be ok.

Hugz to Rex.

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Thanks for the well wishes.

He's still hasnt eaten much since sunday. Tried all kinds of food. Greek yogurt, cheese, peanut butter, wet dog/cat good. All types of treats. The only thing he may have is freeze dried liver but refuses that sometimes too. Thats his all time favorite food so if he refuses that, most options are out the door. Threw up twice likely from having meds in his system with no food. Once last night and once this afternoon. He's drinking lots of water though and we're able to get his meds in. His energy level is better today and is getting up more often by himself. even attempted to catch a fly in the house. Swelling looks a bit better and his wound isnt draining as much. but i have been cleaning it with amoxicillan saline wash and draining it every so often per vet's instructions.

Below is a pic of what it looks like as of today:



Any other suggestions for tasty food? He's a very picker eater on a good day so this certainly doesnt help. Vet gave some wet food to try as well but no luck. Going to try boiled chicken today.

Vet said if hes not improving by thursday we'll have to take him to urgent care and get him hooked up to an IV for fluids and meds. Hopefully doesn't come to that.

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Have you tried raw? I haven't seen many dogs turn down raw.

Other options I would try are Honest Kitchen dehydrated or even Fresh Pet. If you are in Toronto those are all readily available.

Fish oil or canned fish like smelts (not flavoured). Dogs either love or hate fish so YMMV.

Hope he feels better soon.
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He's not a fan of fish. If the boiled chicken doesnt work i'll try Honest Kitchen. Thanks for the suggestion.
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That wound does look sore.

poor boy.

maybe a homemade broth, you can get a lot if nutrients from a good broth, good for getting more fluids in too.

Hopefully in a few days he will be feeling better.

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He had a bit of boiled chicken last night. Swelling has gone down a bit more too and he hasnt thrown up since *knock on wood*. Looks like hes on the road to recovery.
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I would probably be going back in to my vet. He may need some anti-nausea meds or something else. Just my opinion.


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