Sunday, June 2, 2013

B&W Sunday: The Vet

Vet. The most hated word by all pets. As a young pup I considered going to the vet a social visit. All the ladies oohed and ahhh'd over me. I got treats and gave kisses in return. Until over a month ago.


It all started one morning at my park. The Lady I rescued had let me off leash but it was one of those perfect mornings after a busy day before at the park. Lots of garbage especially around the bleachers, left from teenagers after school. There's a Little Cesaer's across from the southwest corner, where there are bleachers to a softball diamond. My favorite garbage finding area for pizza, garlic bread, and the coveted chicken wings with salsa. This morning was no different, with my nose in high gear, I began to cover every inch searching for any crumbs. But the Lady would have none of that and being the well-behaved dog I am, I came to her, sat down, and let her put my leash back on.

We walked for awhile with some other pack friends, Zoe and Ed. Thinking it was safe to let me off leash again, the Lady unhooked me. After a few steps she turned around and I was gone. Running back to the bleachers. I know she can't run but she always follows me, this is our game. Eventually she caught up with me as I feverishly scrambled up and down the ancient stone steps. By the time she yelled at me to come I was on the top row of the bleachers, at least five feet up. "Dolly, get down now!" Well I did. Without hesitating I leap from the top row and landed on all fours, sort of. My front legs buckled under me. She screamed. There were other dog walkers that witnessed my heroic leap. She ran over to me, got the leash on, and frantically made sure I was okay. But I wasn't. As we began to walk I limped badly right away. We got back to the others who were in shock to find out what the scream was about. It wasn't long before everyone knew about my death-defying leap. 

Well, we eventually made it home. I limped pretty badly most of the way and the Lady carried me when she could. Later that morning, we were there. The Vet. The story she gave the doctor, and later to dad, was I jumped off a wall a few feet high. Unfortunately, the doctor then wasn't sure I was that badly injured. But x-rays were taken luckily showing nothing broken. Diagnosed as a soft-tissue injury, we were sent home with anti-inflammatories and limited to leash walks. The only concern being that soft-tissue injuries are tricky and are known to reoccur. 


In a few days I was fine and the Lady started to take me to the park again, always on leash. I finished my meds before BlogPaws and the injury soon became forgotten about. Until this week. The Lady thought she noticed me limping on the way home from the park on Tuesday. Wednesday she couldn't figure out why I didn't want to go outside or for a walk. Thursday, the limping was very noticeable on an attempted walk. She called the vet and got another dose of anti-inflammatories, thinking as a soft-tissue injury its common for these to reoccur. But I was extremely lame and noticeably in pain. By the time dad came home that evening I couldn't put any weight at all on my front right leg. A decision was quickly made, back to the Vet.

Stay tuned. Love Dolly the Doxie (mix)
xoxox






36 comments:

  1. Oh! Dolly. Sending you Lots of Golden Healing Thoughts. Be well soon so we can meet-up again. Happy Sunday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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    1. Thanks Sugar I hope so too! Love Dolly

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  2. OMD Dolly we will stayed tuned. We send a truck load of POTP to you and pray it is only a 'Sports injury' caused by your death defying heroic leap. On another note bins on the park......well worth picking over. Have a serene Sunday and take it easy.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Thanks Molly you're my kind of gal! Love Dolly

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  3. Oh no....the vet. I hope you feel better soon!

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  4. The dreaded leggie issue - Reilly started his when he was about 8 months old....he would just started limping for what often was for no apparent reason....it would last a week or so and go away.....but once or twice a year it happens again...and it has been that way over the years....every time I take him to the vets and every time they can find nothing wrong - frustrating!

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    1. Oh my how frustrating! Soft tissue injuries are the most of all! Waiting to see if this is what it still is. Love Dolly

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  5. A-rooo, Dolly, you are so brave! But death defying leaps often don't end well :(
    The human doc says soft tissues injuries can be more painful than a broken - we have our paws and fingers crossed for you!

    Your friend, Finn

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    1. Thanks Finn I appreciate all my pal's support! Love Dolly

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  6. Oh goodness! We sure hope you're gonna be okey dokey in no time. We've got our paws crossed for you.

    Hugs,
    Lily Belle & Muffin

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    1. Thanks Lily that means a lot to me. Love Dolly

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  7. Dolly, sometimes heroic leaps can end badly...I sure hope you are okay. I prescribe RICE - no, not to eat...Rest - Ice - compression - elevation (on the couch).

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    1. Thanks Slim! Been doing most of that but couldn't get up on the couch for a few days! Thanks for the great advice! Love Dolly

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  8. Oh no Dolly this is awful...I'm so sorry to hear that your brave exploit is causing you so much pain :( Sending you tons of healing thought and prayers today

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    1. Thanks Gizmo good think I got all my bingos done! Love Dolly

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  9. Oh no! I am so glad it wasn't more serious. We had the same issue here with Jasper. Scared me half to death too. I hope you have a much happier face today.

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  10. Oh Dolly! We've got paws crossed for you and will definitely being staying tuned to make sure that you're okay!
    Austin made a similar (and very unexpected) death-defying leap a couple of weeks ago - I thought I was going to have a stroke. We took him to the vet, similar routine... nothing broken, must be soft tissue, here's some anti-inflammatories, return if no improvement. He ended up being fine, but it was definitely a scare.
    To Mama... if Dolly doesn't improve, make sure the vet also looks at her shoulders and neck. Pain from a neck or shoulder injury will often be referred to the leg. The dog will limp or favor a certain leg, making you think the injury is somewhere in the leg.
    But Dolly, I can tell you're one tough cookie! I have a good feeling you're going to be back to scouting for Garbage Delights in no time!

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    1. Thanks so much for you concern! It helps mom to hear that it happens to others (but she's not GLAD it happens). You are exactly right about the vet and we will cover that in our next post. Stay tuned remember? Love Dolly

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  11. I hope everything is OK! Limping can be a tough thing to fix. I know from experience.....

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    1. Thanks, it helps to hear from others that have gone through this! Love Dolly

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  12. I sure do hope your leg heals up soon. It's not fun havin' leg injuries. Believe me... I KNOW.

    Purrs,
    Nissy

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    1. Yes you do know thanks so much for your kind words! Love Dolly

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  13. OMD! I hope you're okay!
    Nola

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    1. Thanks I hope so too soon! Love Dolly

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  14. Oh my goodness, Dolly, we wish you the very best. I know it's scary for your humans. My late canine sister Lexi (a doxie/terrier mix) had a similar situation and she received acupuncture from our vet. She was completely healed and never had another problem. Not sure if there's anyone in your area who does doggy acupuncture, but it may be worth looking into.

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    1. Acupunture is definitely a good idea if I can't get better or get a different diagnosis. Love Dolly

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  15. Oh nooooooooo Dolly!!! We are sure hoping that you are ok!!!

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  16. Oh Dolly. This sounds all to familiar to me! I jumped off Ma's bed, landed wrong and started limping. Vet #1 (who we no longer see after he MIS-diagnosed me) did one x-ray, said it was soft tissue injury and I got same meds as you. Guess what? They worked and I walked on my paw but when the meds were gone, back to limping. Vet #2 (who we switched to for 2nd opinion) did MULTIPLE views (x-ray) and sure enough, I broke two little bones in my wrist. Cast for 9 weeks. Please tell your vet to take more than one view on x-ray to be sure nothing is broken. I hope nothing is broken.
    *paws crossed*
    Oz

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    1. Thanks OZ, he did take 2 views the 1st time. Mom kinda wanted to do an xray again but we will see how the meds go first. I am on complete rest, well no walks, running, for a week. Then we'll see what to do if I'm not better.

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  17. Oh Dolly we hope your leg gets better real soon ..No runs or playing wiff ya ball, it must be awful.. Sending you big hugs and a bag of Bacon :) Your Mommy said on our blog about products.. can you mails us ?? belneameadow@gmail.com :) :) xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

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    1. Oh thanks Mollie for reminding us! Yes, we'll send you an email! Love Dolly

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  18. Yikes. I hope it is not back related and I hope you heal up soon.

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