- 5 years ago
- Wedding: July 2016
I can’t contribute anything new. Just -hugs-
you sound like such a loving dog mom. I’m sorry you have to go through this
I’m very sorry! Sometimes siblings fight, even if they usually get along. But Hazel will be ok, I promise. 🙂 But I can only imagine how you must have felt seeing that – I would have panicked, too.
Just from now on, keep the dogs separated when you aren’t around. Though my dogs get along as well, I always keep them crated when I’m not home. Not so much to avoid issues like yours, but rather because they both can be naughty and get into thing when we aren’t around.
Don’t be hard on yourself. All will be ok. ((hugs))
Our dog, Cloey (like Chloe…but spelled by my 7 year old sister at the time, lol) was a pekingese, which are notorious for eye injuries. She and our other dog (who was a lab mix) got along 99% of the time, but like any dogs would have their occasional spats. One day, Cloey nipped at our other dog, who responded with a swipe of his paw at her face…claw hits eyeball and (after an emergecy call to our vet), Cloey became a one-eyed dog. Obviously, we could see the difference, but as far as personality and temperment…there were no changes. She was the same dog she had always been.
Years later, Cloey actually lost her other eye (she had a tendancy to rub her face on the couch/floor/ground/etc. when she got an itch and actually managed to poke herself with a stick) and went from a one-eyed dog to a no-eyed dog. We were AMAZED how well she did at navigating the house and yard.
It’s scary and sad, but dogs are resilient. Best wishes to you!
I’m sorry this happened to you.
I wouldn’t make any permanent decisions about Atticus, especially since you do not know the circumstances surrounding the altercation. Many times the smaller dog is the instigator, and you did say Hazel has been getting grumpy, but unfortunately a large dog can cause a lot of damage even if they are only trying to get the little dog to leave them alone. I would definitely not let them be alone when not directly supervised.
Hazel may look a little upsetting or scary to you at first, but with time her wounds will heal. One eyed dogs (and even no eyed dogs) do just fine. The owners are more bothered than the dogs. Make sure to follow all instructions from your vet, especially when it comes to cleaning the drain tube.
awh! thats so sad and scary, so sorry to hear. i would definitely keep them seperated when you arent home, you cant take the chance of her bleeding to death next time! i know its horrible and tough, we had two doxies, one was massively aggressive and the other did not fight back. she would always attack him horribly and we ended up keeping her seperated when not home and being watchful of her at home, especially with treats and special toys, they should be seperated.
My friend has a chihuahua and they were dogsitting their friend’s larger dog…he is a mix of some sort, can’t remember exactly what. Anyway, the other dog started getting aggressive with the chihuahua (who has a big personality and is very confident for being such a small dog), and started chasing him. Apparently the chihuahua ran into the bedroom and the other dog followed, snapping and growling and biting. My friend said the noise her chihuahua was making was absolutely heartbreaking, especially since the original chase happened for no reason. Turns out, the other dog had bit their dog and the chihuahua lost his eye.
Anyway, the chihuahua is doing great now. He lives with one eye just fine, and still rules the roost at their house. He is able to run and play just fine. They even got him a pirate costume for Halloween, complete with an eyepatch to go over his now empty eye socket. They play it up like it’s no big deal, because he is doing great even with one eye. Their friends originally weren’t going to pay for the emergency vet bills saying it wasn’t their responsibility but fortunately were talked into it. If they had refused I don’t think they would be friends anymore…
I thought you were talking about your child ….
I would crate dogs in separate rooms, doors closed, and an additional gate up in between. If your dogs really panic that hard to escape a crate (Use caribiner clips from home depot if they are escape artists), you need to do further training. If training doesn’t work, they might need some medication.
I would honestly call your vet to see the best advice for the mean time.
Edit: Is there anyone you could crate one of them with during the day? Perhaps a friend with no pets?
before it all-
I have two pugs and the breed is notorious for eye problems, so we have a lot of one-eyed buddies. They get along just fine. My 7-year old pug is almost completely blind at this point, so the one-eyed dogs do better than her because they have some vision. But my baby gets around just fine in familiar areas. She runs, she plays… she will even retrieve balls because she can hear where they land. She won’t bring them back, but that’s just her being stubborn!
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