Eliot, my heart dog of heart dogs, just attacked BT, our sweet old rescued Boston. I say just, but this happened last night as I will be posting this the morning after. I’m completely heartbroken.
Eliot has always had aggressive tendencies, but I manage him closely and thought things were getting better. Apparently not. We were feeding lots of chew bones and special treats tonight because Pascale the puppy has to stay calm after her spay. Eliot had been giving warning growls when another dog got close, but that’s fairly normal to him and I just gave him a verbal correction. BT, being almost completely blind from cataracts, wandered too close and he just launched at her.
He’s never gone after her violently before, and I didn’t react quickly enough. At first I thought it was fine, but she held her head funny and cried. Then I picked her up and we noticed the blood, which still didn’t panic me. I did (inwardly) panic when I saw her eye begin to turn red and swell, and we rushed to the emergency vet.
That’s where she is now, and we’re waiting for results. I’m heartbroken that my poor, sweet little girl is hurt and in a strange place where she has to spend the night. I’m heartbroken that the dog that I love did this.
I don’t know what to do. Completely at a loss.
Almost Midnight Update:
They flushed her eye and the blood that was collecting on it was just on the surface, not coming from the eye. She has a scratch on her cornea, but otherwise the eye looks really healthy. The swelling is most likely from a “big ‘ol bruise” behind her eyeball. She’ll stay overnight so they can medicate, but an anti-inflammatory and pain medication should make the swelling go down. In other words, I think we won’t lose her eye and she shouldn’t require any crazy treatments or surgeries.
Still really upset though.
She’s back home and is doing okay. Can’t close her 100% but she blinks over most of it. Now we give her lots of medications and lubrications to the eye all day to keep it moist. There is still a lot of swelling, and the vet is concerned about the muscle behind the eye holding it in. Don’t laugh, but having it pop out is not really that unrealistic. Not out of the woods yet. I’m working form home to help my husband keep an eye on her.