My little girl pebbles was attacked by coyote's yesterday morning. I rush her to the vet. Honestly we didn't think she would make it. 2hours of surgery, iv meds and i just talked to my vet.. She got up this afternoon walked around ate some food and it looks like we are going to make it. my vet said this is the 3rd dog she has treated from coyotes all ready this fall. So just a warning there are more out then ever.
Shermansmom, I too have coyotes around my place. I live on the edge of a tiny town, and the other night I watched 3 saunter by my house. Please don't ever let your little dog out alone, especially at night. Coyotes usually try and lure a dog away into the bush, and kill them, so yours was extremely lucky. Last year I took nine of my dogs for a run in the field next to my house, and suddenly in the distance I saw 4 coyotes standing staring at us. I was terrified, because I only had 4 leashes with me, and my son who was supposed to be right behind me was bringing the other dogs, and the extra leashes. I was scared spitless, I can tell you, not for me but for my dogs. My dominant male took two steps, lifted one paw, looked at them for about 10 seconds, and turned and ran as fast as he could back to the house, with the rest hot on his trail. They met my son and he put them in the house and came looking for me. I was walking back, but those coyotes had not moved. They don't seem to be too scared of humans anymore. I know that I will never go out there alone again with them, and never with that number of dogs.I'm so glad your little Pebbles is ok.
The good news is pebbles can come home today, the bad news trying to keep her from getting an infection is going to be tough. What scared me most was the coyotes came right in my back yard. she was going potty, i was in the yard with her about 30 feet away putting fresh water in the bowl. They had no fear of me, lucky for me my collie heard her cry and she came running and barking . That was enough to stop them. I consider myself very lucky.
My aunt had a boxer that was killed by coyotes when he was let outside to potty. She just knee surgery and couldn't get outside fast enough to chase them off of him. It was really awful, considering that he was 11 years old and they got him at 1 year old.
I'm giving a little update, pebbles came home last night. i moved a really big crate in my bedroom. so she is with us at night. I put an ex pen in my living room so during the day shes around me. She has over 1000 stiches . The holes the coyotes left went all the way to her spin. so the vet had to cut her all the way around her little body to repair the muscle damage layer by layer. The only way i can explain it is she looks like frankenstin. She can't move her head well so i am hand feeding and watering her. she can walk ok but its very painfull. So today i went and got those wee wee pads so she can pee on one side of the crate and i can keep it clean . She is at great risk of infection, but me picking her up every few hours to potty is too much for her. She is on 3 diff. antibiotics , one antiinflamitory and pain meds. i am making her chicken and rice that part she loves lol. The amazing thing is every time i go check her she wags her little butt and gives me kisses. She is one amazing dog.
Does she have any drains at all? You can really help her by boosting her up with probiotics. The antibiotics she's on kill the bad bacteria, and the good. One way to get probiotics into her is to give her a bit of plain yohurt with her food. Bostons are amazing, they can be on death's door, but will still give kisses. Poor little girl. I will be praying for her recovery, and for no lasting damage. It shows what a tough little breed they are.
Pebbles had a much better day today, i went in to change her bed and give her fresh towels, I took her out of her bed she walk out to the living room all by herself. That a pretty big distance for her. we had a fire in the fire place was nice and cozy she wanted up on the couch....... lol for sure you know she got what she wanted. she spent about 3 hours sitting on my lap until she got uncomfy. But all in all she is showing signs of improvemnt everyday. Her temp. is staying between 100 and 101.3 so thats great. No infections as of yet. Pen2 i gave her a little yogurt today she loved it so thanks for the advice. She is eating good as well, The only concern i have is she hasn't pooped but one little poop. I know she went 3 days with just iv fluids so i might be expecting to much but if nothing by morning im calling the vet to be safe.
Poor little girl...sounds like she is coming around but her recovery is going to take a while. The yogurt you are giving her should help some with her constipation, which I'm sure is being caused by being on the meds. You might try adding a bit of pure pumpkin to her food also. For whatever reason it seems to firm up loose stools but also helps constipation...seems contradictory I know.
Keep the updates coming, lots of people are pulling for her to make a complete recovery.
I talked to the vet about her constipation today, we are going to soak her food in chicken broth.And giving her straight chicken broth to drink for 24 hours and see if it helps. the last thing we want to do is make her have cramps.So we will see how this works. Thanks everyone.
Shermansmom, that's a really good idea, because it will get more water into her gut, but I would still use a teaspoon of pumpkin with it. It is totally harmless, and will give her a little extra fiber to get her gut moving. If you're making your own chicken broth good, but if you're using stock cubes, pick the low sodium.The yoghurt is essential to replace the normal bacteria in her stomach, so you can give her a good tablespoon with her sloppy food mixture. I'm sure she'll love it. These little dogs are so tough it's hard to believe.She will be trying to play before you know it. Good luck with her, and I'll be praying for her speedy recovery.
Pebbles is doing very well, she pooped today and she has a little more energy. I work nights she slept with me all day. Her temp is staying around 100- 101. We seem to be doing as well as can be expected.
We live in upstate NY. We have 100 acres here, Nice place but very much in the woods lol. Pebbles had her best day yet today. Spent the day with me, most of it on her dog pillow in the living room. She is getting up on her own to tell us she needs to potty.Its amazing gets up and goes right to the door. She ate really really well today and even rolled on her back so i could rub her belly, that her favorite thing which was the first time since she got hurt. So she got lots of belly rubbing lol
Is'nt it amazing that in the space of a week, Pebbles could go from barely alive to laying on her back for belly rubs. That's amazing, and shows the strength and character of these tough little dogs. I know, it's a shameless plug for the breed, but it's true, I've seen it on many occasions. I'm so glad that Pebbles is on her way to a full recovery. Sending her a big smooch.