He'll be okay. If he needs stitching we'll go to the vet and I'll figure out how to budget it. But I don't run to the vet right away anymore, certainly not when it comes to wear and tear. This tear probably just needs time, regular cleaning out, and has the side effect of a bum dog. But I'd rather have a bum dog than an infected one. Send Gibby your well wishes! I'll let him know through ear scratches and an extra egg in his kibble tonight.