I had a headache Wednesday evening, so my husband volunteered to exercise "my" dog. (we rib each other about each other's dogs) A little later he came in and said "I'm sorry, I broke your dog" , and here she comes, on 3 legs. Fortunately, I regularly read posts on MyCorgi and so knew that it wasn't a rush to the hospital injury. We took her to the vet today (Friday), and he gave her a shot and put her on an anti-inflammatory, which was exactly what I expected. We will go back in a week for x-rays if she isn't better. I am so glad I found this site!
Saturday morning: she was able to sploot! Still not putting weight on her foot, but I had to stop her from playing with the other dogs, so she is definitely feeling better. Thursday: she has been improving a little each day until now. She will lightly touch her foot down, but not put any weight on it. I am worried she did tear the CL. The vet called to check on her, and wants to give her another week on meds. I plan to intensify the healing thoughts I am sending at her.
Week two, we took her in for X-rays. She has a partially torn CL and will have to have surgery. :(.
Snicker's surgery appointment is 8/28/12. She is running and jumping on Jack and limping around at high speed. I learned that leash walks are ok- after all she is a lot less likely to hurt herself worse on a walk than she does in the house. Today 8/26, I took her to the nursery. who were having a dog day. she had her picture taken, for treats, and lots of people petted her, then we went to PetSmart for more pets and treats. I know the days after her surgery won't be fun, so I figured she deserved a nice day out.
Snicker's surgery went well, her vet was pleased that he saw no sign of arthritis. He said that this is the kind of CL surgery we like to see. She recovered quickly and was eating well (no surprise there!) Her first day home she was kind of out of it; today, she was quiet but alert. The surgeon says no stairs for 2 months. We live in a 2 story house, and she hates to be picked up. I brought her crate downstairs, and got her an inflatable "cone" which fits in the crate. Wish us luck
10/12/12 Snickers went for her checkup. She will put full weight on her leg when we go for walks, but often limps around the house, especially after a nap. The vet is very pleased with her progress and says she does not have to be restrained, can go up stairs, but still can't frap and wrestle. Not sure how I am supposed to keep her from playing if she has free run of the house and her pals. He said she can increase her fun by 20% per week, and expects her to be back to normal in about a month. She and I are both looking forward to being able to play fetch and tug. Finding time for walks is getting harder as the winter dark comes. At least we were lucky in the timing- therapy walks in the winter would have been a lot harder.
11/30/12 I'm not sure when the last time she limped was, but she is definitely all healed now. Glad to have that ordeal over!