I came home from a psychiatrist appt and getting more spinal x-rays. When I got out of the car and came to the back gate, I noticed my brother and sister-in-law let the doggies out. However, Nicholas(my beloved Chihuahua) was not there to great me.
I walked up the back deck's ramp, and I figured he was inside. Then, I saw him near the table on the deck. He was bloody and cowering, crying and shaking.
His whole hind leg was torn open. I was hysterical. I could see his muscles moving and his bone. The flesh was hanging where it was torn in a "V."
I picked him up and started running toward the back gate. I started crying and screaming for my dad. My dad ran back to the car and pulled it as close as he could to the fence. We called Banfield, who was 5 min til closing. They said to rush him over here and that they could stay open as late as he needed.
When we got to Petsmart, we ran through the back to Banfield (which rents space inside Petmart). Some kid asked to pet him, but I said "sorry he's sick" and kept running. They (the vet and a pet nurse), took him and another pet nurse was there to comfort me.
The vet assessed his wound and determined it was from a large dog. Amazingly, he didn't go into shock. She gave us an estimate of $500.00. I was allowed to stay with Nicholas while he was being put under anesthesia. We soon left to go back to the waiting room. We went and bought an Elizabethan collar (cone collar to prevent chewing at sutures.) An hour later, he was done and wrapped in a towel. He was so out of it, and his tongue was sticking out of the side of his mouth.
They gave an x-ray to make sure there was no internal organ damage and checked his blood/vitals. His wound was thoroughly inspected, cleaned, and his skin was stitched back together. A total of 18 stitches.
We figure it's Lyla (the German Shepherd/border collie mix). She has a bit of a mean streak and has snapped/snarled, but never done anything like this. Her tooth went so far under the skin and it just missed his stomach/intestines. He is a lucky dog. He was extremely brave and sweet through the whole thing. He is sitting next to me on the bed and quietly whining as he breathes. He gave me kisses even though he seems to be in a great deal of pain.
Let me tell you, vets at different Banfield locations may be different, but mine are amazing. They are so hard working and really care about animals. They tell you the price upfront and explain everything to you. My vet/ pet nurses were unphased by the fact that they stayed two hours over time. The price was also far under what a normal vet- or emergency vet would charge.
People say all kinds of things about Banfield (the veterinary chain), some good, some bad.. but it's really a wonderful thing and conveniently the closest veterinary practice. He was losing a lot of blood, so we wouldn't have been able to get him to the emergency vet in Charlotte without him at least going into shock.
Monetary Loss: $500.