· Owned by a Havallon
So sorry about your Havi. Glad he is getting better. Such an awful thing to go through.I'm so sorry to hear about Sequioa. Back in March my baby Lucca was attacked and bitten by a Cane Corso (80lbs vs my 9lb puppy) when I was dropping him off at daycare. I understand how hard it is to watch and how utterly helpless you can feel. I know I couldn't have done anything more than I did, but the guilt is still there. Forgiving yourself is extremely hard. But they do bounce back. My heart breaks for you.
As far as care goes, it was a struggle. He has never been crate trained, so keeping him confined was tough. I set up a small x-pen next to me during the day (luckily I work from home) to keep him as immobile as possible. I also gave him his meals in either kongs or puzzle toys. But the first two days I spoon-fed him. The cone was a struggle and didn't work well for him. I ended up getting a soft pet recovery collar from Amazon (ARRR comfy UFO collar). It worked really well! He could eat, drink and sleep comfortably with it on. I also worked with him on some minor training tricks (high fives, hand-to-nose touching, watch me). Sedatives weren't an option with his renal disease, so the mind training and food puzzles worked really well in keeping him calm. I also put him next to the window for a couple of hours during the day. He likes watching life outside, plus it gave him a little sun.
It's been 4 months and he's almost back to normal. His hair is slowly coming back. I ended up shaving him down to get rid of the reminder from the IVs and puncture site. As far as socialization, he went right back to playing with the little ones. We're still working on the larger dogs. Lucca's become pretty reactive whenever we encounter one, so it's been a work in progress. But, we'll get there in the end. Hang in there. I know Sequioa will bounce back too.
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