My sister’s 11 yr old 40 lb spayed female pit bull mix attacked my 10 lb neutered male Chihuahua completely unprovoked; she was lying on the floor & he was just walking by her; no food, toy or chewy was anywhere near either one. The pit mix grabbed the Chihuahua by the snout & my sister, the pit’s owner got her off him. He didn’t fight back in any way; he cowered & tried to retreat, but she wouldn’t let him go until my sister, her owner, got her off him. The Chihuahua’s bottom lip was torn & required 5 stitches at the vet’s office.
Missy, the pit mix & Rocky, the Chihuahua, have lived together for the last 6 years. Missy has never acted aggressively toward Rocky; in fact she’s always licked him & played with him; we thought they love each other.
Rocky loves to lick Missy’s teeth; he puts his whole head in her mouth & licks her teeth; she lays there & keeps her mouth open while he does it. Missy has had some gastrointestinal issues for the last couple of months; diarrhea, vomiting a few times & terrible gas that will practically knock you out. She’s never acted like she feels bad & the vet examined her & couldn’t find anything wrong; no worms or intestinal blockages or anything. He prescribed medication for Giardia & Coccidia, even though the test was negative. The medication seems to have helped her stool become more solid & the vomiting seems to have stopped. She’s been energetic & playful throughout.
We’re speculating that perhaps Missy wasn’t feeling well, even though she hasn’t acted like it. Our veterinarian didn’t offer any ideas about why Missy might’ve attacked Rocky or what we should do to keep it from happening again.
We don’t know why Missy attacked Rocky & are afraid she’s going to do it again & kill Rocky. We’re trying to just keep them separated but feel nervous she may still get to him at some time & hurt or kill him if someone slips & forgets to keep them separated.
I rescued Rocky as a puppy in 2011 & we lived alone until 6 years ago when we moved in with Missy & my sister. My sister raised Missy from a tiny, abandoned puppy.
I’m trying to decide if I should re-home Rocky to keep him safe. Neither my sister or I want to re-home Rocky, but we both love him very much & want to protect him. We want him to be safe.
I’m asking for your suggestions & advice regarding the situation & if you think it’s a foregone conclusion that Missy will attack Rocky again. We’re concerned that Missy might have dementia or something similar because there have been several times in the last year or so where she has acted confused & looked like she didn’t know where she was when we were trying to get her to go outside or jump on the couch, etc. She’ll look off in the distance with a blank look & stare at the wall.
Rocky has occasional seizures & is on prescription medication to prevent them; he rarely has a seizure. In the past when he’s had a seizure, Missy has just ignored him. He didn’t have a seizure when Missy attacked him.
We feed them Blue Buffalo dry dog food.
Please let me know if you have any ideas about what we can do to stop Missy from attacking Rocky again or if we need to re-home Rocky. We love him & Missy very much & want them to be safe, healthy & happy.
I’m new to this forum & this is my first post.
Maisybo in Texas