Some dog tore up Eddy's ear :( I'm going to rant angrily.

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.

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Comment by Adrienne on October 24, 2009 at 2:30am
Sorry to hear about Eddy. The sad part is its not really the other dogs fault its the owners and their neglect. I've seen it on the play ground as well. Its called "bad parenting" all the way around. I think you should take a spray bottle of vinegar with you and spray the owners to get their attention. Just kidding but funny, LOL! Stay with your gut feelings and keep with the Neosporin. If it does get infected I agree with Kristen... Betadine. Speedy recovery Eddy.
Comment by Laura Culp Elliott on October 24, 2009 at 12:10am
We take our boys to the dog park and they love it and have a great time. There is even a lake with a great beach and shallow walk out in the water.... great fun. So not all dog parks are bad.
Poor Eddy though.... unless it looks infected, stay away from the peroxide. We use it in wound care to kill ALL cells... yes, it kills whatever it touches, including the good cells. So if it looks good, then hold off on the peroxide. Give that sweet boy a hug for me.... he is such a darling boy.
Comment by Lawren and Teddy on October 23, 2009 at 7:37pm
I'm sorry about Eddy. Hope he heals fast. The same thing happens to my Teddy all the time at the dog park. He loves to go and loves the roughhousing even though he doesn't play rough in return. I have no problem with reaching in and picking Teddy up if I have to. But I agree with you. It sucks that people don't train their dogs or do anything about the dog's behavior when it becomes troublesome.
Comment by Jane Christensen on October 23, 2009 at 6:02pm
I use peroxide but NOT alcohol...that will sting. I usually clean any wound with this 1st thing! I guess I'm not going to try a dog park anytime soon...
Comment by Alice on October 23, 2009 at 5:00pm
We take Finn to dog parks once in a while. He's submissive to other dogs too and ends up rolled over on his back and jumped on if a dog won't leave him alone. We just watch closely and intervene if he's being bullied. It doesn't happen every time though and he enjoys being there. If you are careful and keep an eye on your dog it should be ok. I'm always worried about the ears too. They seem like perfect targets. I hope Eddy heals quickly.
Comment by Jennifer Markley on October 23, 2009 at 4:56pm
I hate it when people just take their dogs to the park and just ignore their behavior! Would you do that with your kids? I do speak up and say something, tell them that they need to have their dog under better control and well socialized before they come. It may make people mad, but it's the truth and it helps keep my dogs safe. Check with your vet on the antibiotic cream...some don't like it because it can actually trap germs in. Hope Eddy feels better soon....
Comment by Edward and Gemima on October 23, 2009 at 4:04pm
OK, I have been meaning to try out our doggie park around the corner, but i think I'm going to pass on it after hearing about poor,poor Eddy, kisses for a speedy recovery Ed!!!!
Comment by Kristen on October 23, 2009 at 4:04pm
Betadine is a good way to clean out the ear. I think sometimes our guys are having too much fun to realize they are hurt.
Comment by christy fry on October 23, 2009 at 3:34pm
I just have to say that I'm not a dog park person for theses reason's and don't eel bad that mine don't go to the dog park. I notice alot of people seem to think that if a dog doesn't go to one there's something wrong with it!!! If I get asked if mine go to the dog park and I say no (always do) they always ask "Why are your dogs mean?" I just answer that they don't go because of the mean dogs already there. Mine go to doggy day care for appropriate supervised play =) Most daycare's make owners provide vacine proof /spay/neuter plus temperment test the dogs=)
Comment by Bev Levy on October 23, 2009 at 3:29pm
So sorry! I hope Eddy is better soon.

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