|Barked: Sat Jul 3, '10 9:53pm PST |
|Tyson and Eden (my roommate's pit/bull mastiff) really got into it today. They are BEST buddies and love on each other 99% of the time, but every so often they have dominance spats. Well, this time they really got each other good. When it started I actually lifted Eden up (he's underweight...about 75 pounds right now) and I couldn't shake Ty off. Then tried to use my body to pry them apart, but to no avail. Tyson had Eden's face in his mouth and Eden had Ty's loose neck skin, and unfortunately for E, Ty's undercoat kept releasing so he couldn't get a good hold while Ty really lashed out. I had to beat them both over the head with a hula hoop to break it up.
It was awful. They were obviously not trying to kill each other, but this was bad. Eden is limping REALLY bad and his leg is very swollen, and he has a few extreme puncture wounds that I put antibiotics on, but they are so deep I can't be sure I got all the way in there. Tyson isn't as bad, but he has a swollen puncture on his leg too. He stopped limping about two hours ago...Eden's is getting worse. I was wondering if I could give him an Ibuprofen to help with the swelling, and if there is anything else I could do to prevent infection besides standard cleaning and and antibiotic ointment.
Eden is recovering from getting really sick because of raw salmon, so I'm especially worried about him. He's 40 pounds underweight, has a shot immune system, and wasn't fed or loved like my dogs were to make him big and strong.
The thing is, instantly after the tussle they both started licking one another's wounds and tail wagging and such. I separated them as soon as I caught my breath of course, but they really HATE not being together and are both scrunched up sniffing under the door and whining. I wan't them to take it easy for now, but Eden sleeps in my room because they cuddle so I am going to have to open it eventually.
SO, in short:
-Nobody needs to see a vet, so don't suggest that yet
-Ways to prevent infection
-Ibuprofen; to give or not to give?
-What else should I do for their health?
...This being the Health forum, I don't wan't to turn this into a behavior and training topic.
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