I'm always disgusted by how much the emergency clinics charge for something like that. Where I work, we'd probably charge you $50 to suture the dog, plus materials & meds, for a total of $100 to $200 tops.
I do hope that your little guy is okay. The good thing about
it being a dog fight, rather than cat/wild animal fight, is that dogs have much cleaner mouths than some other animals & thus infection is less of a problem (although the dog definitely SHOULD be put on a course of antibiotics).
Depending on the severity of the wounds, your doc might end up not even suturing the wounds & just letting them heal as
open wounds (especially if it has already been a few days). If they are just small puncture wounds, then it is actually better to let them remain
open so that they can drain. In many cases, suturing them up is more of a problem, because it literally traps the bacteria from the attacking animal's mouth deep within the wound & can lead to abscesses & even systemic bacterial infection.
Anyways, good luck at the vet tomorrow. If he is in pain in the mean time, you can give him a baby aspirin. Keep the wounds clean & dry until you see the doctor & you can also put some OTC neomysin ointment on the wounds, or even some honey (honey has amazing anti-bacterial properties & additional promotes healing).
I'm not a vet, but I am a vet tech & am well on my way to becoming an actual vet. But regardless, my advice should not be used in place of the advice of a trained veterinarian. If you have any problems or questions, please call your clinic & speak to the vet on-call. Also, if he starts acting lethargic, or has a temp > 103F, please call and speak with a vet or bring the dog back to the emergency clinic. These can be signs of a more serious injury or infection.
Hope your doggie is okay & feeling better. Dog fights are very scary things. You did the right thing not to step in though, that just would have caused more problems.
Post Edited (skeye) : 10/3/2010 9:10:11 PM (GMT-6)