Yesterday after his morning walk around 7.45am, I accidentally open the autogate and shushu ran out. Before we manage to catch up with him, he saw a nearby stray dog and ran up to play with him. The stray seeing a big dog approaching, got defensive and attack shushu. Shushu's left ear got bitten badly and torn. He was bleeding badly by the time we reach home. There was blood all over him and he keep shaking his ears and more blood splatter over the floor, window and wall.
We manage to stop the bleeding around 8.30am and call his vet. I brought him over to his vet at 10am. The vet start checking on his wound but the moment he touch his ear, shushu yelp very loudly. He keep using his mouth to move the vet hand away from his ears and refuse to let him touch. The vet has no choice but to give him anesthetic to calm him down and make him sleep so he can have a better look at the wound.
shushu after anesthetic. There was blood all over the place as the wound was bleeding and shushu keep shaking his ears
After shushu dozed off, the vet shaved off his left ear fur and we can see that part of shushu's ear has been torn. The vet also mentioned that one of shushu main blood vessel located at the ear was bitten open hence the nonstop bleeding. Poor thing, it must be very painful to him, yet he never uttered a sound after the dog bite him but can still wag his tail and smiled at us.
Close-up of the wound after the ear was shaved
The vet then proceed to clean shushu wound and then stitch it back up. He also gave shushu another injection to help the blood clotting as the wound keep bleeding even after it has been stitched up. I stayed at the clinic and waited for shushu to wake up. He woke up around 12.00 noon. He look very tired and moody but still followed me into the car. When we reach home, he couldn't come down from the car so I let him sleep a while inside the car with both door opened. Shushu finally got down from the car at 1pm. The vet said not to get him excited to ensure that the wound will not open and start bleeding. It is also the best to confine him so he can rest and recuperate. I let him sleep at a quiet corner of the house and barriered the area with playpen. I also cage Kero away so he wouldn't disturb his big brother since Kero likes to stay close to shushu and play bite bite with shushu ears.
I went back to work in the afternoon as I only manage to apply half day leave. When I come back from work, shushu already wake up fully and be his smilling self again.
A smiley shushu in the evening after being patch up by the vet
Close up of the patched up ear
He only got his dinner and water at 8pm as per the vet instruction. The vet mention not to give any food / water to him earlier as he may not have proper control of his muscle yet due to the effect of the anesthetic. This may cause him to choke on the food/water or worse the food/water travel to his lungs and cause complications there. After his meal and a toilet break, I put him back to his confinement area again to let him rest. Kero is now set free and he stay close to shushu.
Kero staying close to his big brother eventhough they can't play
After 4 days, I will bring shushu to his vet to remove the plaster at his ear and for checkup on his wound. The stitches will only be taken out 14 days later.
This incident happen because of my carelessness. It wasn't the stray dog fault as it is just being protective of itself. It wasn't shushu's fault for running out of the house as the gate was opened. The whole thing only happen in less than 15 minutes but the damage is indeed great. Seeing shushu like this make me very sad and regretful of my carelessness.
-won, shushu's owner.
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