My dog (Finn) and a dog we regularly dog sit (Diego) had a 'moment' about an hour ago.
They are best of friends - Finn is a samoyed/golden retriever and Diego is a cocker spaniel/golden retriever. They play wrestle a lot and never get serious.
When they wrestle, they drag each other around by the collar (if they have it on) or the skin around the neck or ears. Anyway, I was inside and I had just sent them outside to play a few minutes before. Suddenly, I hear an almighty screeching and dog fight noises. I run out down the driveway and see them locked together - with Finn (who is 10kilos heavier than the other) underneath, on his back and Diego on top at his neck. I scream out in a real gutteral voice - Get Out of it! and they stay like they are. The things that ran through my mind were horrendous - anyway I get to them and they don't break apart but they aren't fighting? There is some blood though. My mind is searching for what is happening. My teen son arrives and we try and pull them apart. At one stage I think they Diego has locked onto Finn's throat but then Diego is looking up at me in a strange way. I go to grab his collar and it is tight as anything - I look and see that Finn's lower jaw has the collar wrapped around it and they are locked together. I try to unclip the collar (grateful that is is not a buckle collar but is the plastic clip in type) but it is too tight. So I put my hands under Finn and lift his head up closer to Diego to take the weight off the collar and Diego's neck. Thankfully my son was there and he was able to unclip it. The collar had been twisted around Finn's mouth so tight - there was no way they could have separated themselves.
Anyway, I think I am in a bit of shock at the situation. Also - I think they are as well. Once we freed them and gave them the once over, Diego immediately went to Finn and was licking Finn's mouth and basically saying are you ok. Finn has been very subdued since the incident (as has Diego but not as much) and while I can't see an injury - ie examined his mouth, teeth, tongue etc - I feel that he is not quite right. He is not reacting as if he is in pain ie sharp pain when I poke around but I am thinking that he may have a very sore jaw, neck, mouth from the collar, weight, struggle.
Could he be in shock do you think? The blood was from his mouth but that quickly subsided - pretty sure that the collar cut into his gum but no sign of an injury, swelling etc.
Does anyone have any advice? My thoughts are just to keep an eye on him for the rest of the day but am a little worried about shock?