It's really not that bad, and I don't know which dog at the park did it. Eddy always wrestles and chases with multiple dogs. Sooo I guess some dog tore his ear up a bit. He didn't ever yelp or run away or anything... And I didn't even notice until we got home. But it's a big one-inch gash on the inside of his ear, near the base, and it was oozing fresh blood, and there are chunks of skin still hanging around. This isn't the first time, but it's the most severe wound so far. Always on his big ears.
So for the past 2 days I've been soaking the blood up a few times with a cotton ball and then slathering neosporin on it, deep into the gash. Eddy sits patiently and nicely and doesn't squirm. Hopefully I'm taking the right measures to stimulate healing. My instincts say to steer clear of alcohol and hydrogen peroxide. I definately don't want to go back before it's healed because I'm assuming it's tender even though Eddy can't say so. I feel so bad for him because Eddy never uses his teeth and is always the submissive one. He's not a revenge-type guy so I'm positive the dog didn't learn his lesson. Eddy will often keep playing with a dog even if the dog hurts him, it seems like he forgives quickly.
Grrr I'm so mad! When people bring their dogs to the park who use their teeth, I'm like, Why??? So many of them attempt to drag Eddy around by his face skin and clench his ears in their mouths until he shrieks. On one hand, I want Eddy to learn how to call "TIME OUT", but I also think it's the other owner's responsibility to call their dog off in those situations. I can't always be the one who goes over and pulls them apart, especially if it's a big dog, and I'm not its master. I've also noticed that these people don't have their dogs on voice command, wheras I do, so when I call Eddy off to me, the dog always follows and keeps biting Eddy, and is oblivious to their owner's voice.
Everyone here on this site knows about the politics of the dog park. If all else fails, I'm forced to leave with my well-behaved dog, because those are the type of people who won't leave first with their aggressive dog. It's hard to make a comment to people like this, you know? I can't be like, "Can you magically train your dog on voice commands and command him to ignore Eddy please?" It's more like I'm the nuisance because I have this small dog who is super magnetic, playful, and submissive, so therefore vulnerable to these wild dogs, and so I should leave the park.