Katherine & Buzz Posted January 22, 2014 Report Share Posted January 22, 2014 This afternoon, my border collie Buzz was doing his usual backyard routine: "getting busy" as we call it, and chasing squirrels. For the first time, he actually caught a squirrel for a split second, before he yelped and I saw a gray furry thing streak out from under his front paws and fly up the tree. He didn't seem to be walking differently and he didn't act any differently until we got inside, when he lifted up one of his front paws and tried to bite and lick at it. That's when I saw the blood around his paw pads and in his fur on his right front foot. I didn't see any obvious bite or scratch wound - probably covered up by all his toe fur - but the squirrel clearly got him somehow. It wasn't actively bleeding, at least. I called the vet and they said unless something changed and he started acting differently, I could just watch him and use a wound cleaning solution 2-3 times a day...luckily still left over from his stick puncture wound on his leg earlier this month! (He was running in the wooded area at the dog park and in a complete freak accident, a stick snapped up and punctured the inside of one of his back legs. He acted and walked fine except for a little yelp at the time, so I thought nothing of it and we continued our walk. Then I got home and took a better look at it and found a horrific, deep puncture wound in his leg! Three weeks, two different oral antibiotics and one topical antibiotic, and about $484 over three vet appointments, including x-rays, later, he's pretty much recovered.) This dog...good thing I love him! Has a squirrel or any other small creature gotten to your dog before? What did you do? What reaction did your dog have? Of course, none of this crazy stuff ever happened when we went hiking over 100 miles last October-November for the Missouri 100 Miles challenge. You can see our pictures from that on Flickr here. I think the backpack helped calm him down and stay on the trail, to be honest. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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