Lately, I have read posts by a couple other bloggers (most notably Two Grad Students and a Pittie) about how to determine if a vet visit is necessary vs. if something can just be treated at home. As I've mentioned before, my general rule of thumb is to evaluate Maisie's situation by what my actions would be if it were me instead of her. For example, if I vomited once or twice, would I call the doctor? No. If I had a couple bloody cuts on a Saturday night, would I go to the ER? That was the decision I had to make last night.
I have new neighbors who were out on their porch with a friend's little pit mix. The dog seemed a little scared but friendly enough, so when they asked me to bring Maisie out to meet her, I hesitated but ultimately agreed. I brought Maisie out on leash and the other dog immediately and with no warning attacked, biting Maisie in the face. Honestly, it was dark out and Maisie reacted by continuing to wag her tail and trying to get close to the other dog, so it was not until we got back inside that I realized she had two cuts on her face. One was very superficial but the other was deeper and bleeding more profusely. I know from experience that facial wounds on dogs tend to bleed a lot, and since Maisie was acting normally I decided to just clean them up with a little water and apply antibiotic cream. Maisie was actually more freaked out by me holding her still to put on the Neosporin than by the incident itself.
I checked the cuts first thing this morning and they don't look bad at all, definitely not anything serious.
Plus Maisie was her usual overly enthusiastic self this morning, pouncing on me the second my eyes opened, licking me until I got up then excitedly rolling around in the bed in anticipation of breakfast. After I walked and fed her, she went right back to sleep (side note - I've been putting the Thundershirt on her well before I leave the house so she doesn't associate it with being left in the crate and I'll be out for a few hours today).
I'm confident I made the right decision by not rushing her to the emergency vet last night. What would you have done?