Thursday, July 8, 2010

Broken Renegade

We had quite the scare over the long weekend. We decided to take Renegade and Jasper over to the nearby park for some exercise before a day of chores and errands. Jasper was enjoying sniffing and stopping, not so much enjoying the walking and exercise part. Renegade was enjoying galavanting and fetching. We cannot really let Ren play "moving" fetch as he tends to break himself in his zeal to get the toy. So, we put him in a stay, walk several yards away, toss the toy, and then release him. Well, this strategy failed miserably in the attempt to keep Ren from breaking himself this walk. He hurdled the log, ran 20 yards past the toy, ran back to the toy (at which point I asked Keith if he was limping), got the toy and by the time he got back to us he was clearly only using 3 legs.

Keith proceeded to examine his legs and was ignoring my pleas to check his pads (I assumed he had a thorn in his foot). He informed me "something is really wrong"! After my panicked response, we sent Keith and Jasper for the car and left me sitting in the shade with Renegade trying to keep him quiet. He really wanted to follow dad, but was also clearly in pain. Jasper clearly did not want to "run" with dad back to the house to get the car... He wanted to sniff the roses.

After what seemed an eternity, Keith returned with the car. He then had me feel where he had felt "something wrong". I freaked! You could feel what sure felt like a bone poking out the side of Ren's left front leg. We got him loaded in the back of the minivan with Keith keeping him company. Luckily, my vet actually was open on Monday (July 5th). I got them on the phone and told them we were on the way.

We arrived at the vet and the vet agreed it felt like his arm bone had totally fractured. We gave him morphine to get x-rays to determine the extent of the damage. Much to everyone's surprise, the x-rays came back with no fractures! Further examination revealed an "entry wound". Turns out he had a 3 inch stick embedded in his leg. It had gone through the muscle and passed between the ulna and radius. Picture below of the stick - the key is for scale.



Seemed like good news to just have to remove a foreign object instead of having surgery to repair the break and 8-12 weeks of rest (with Ren that would have been torture for all of us). The vet did surgery and removed the stick. Report was that it came out cleanly, the muscle was going to need time to repair and the nerves were likely irritated but not permanently damaged. We brought the patient home for some R&R.

Later that night I had another scare as he recovered enough to get up and start walking around. He had no motor function below his elbow. He wasn't able to bend his wrist at all. He was dragging the foot around like a dead fish. After a conversation with the vet she convinced me that it was likely just irritated and that we wouldn't worry for a few more days. However, the "worst case scenario" although she only gave it a 1% chance was amputation so of course I worried! Luckily we woke up the next morning to find him using the foot.

Now 4 days later he's back to 90% and wanting to be more active than he should be. He's trying to rip the bandage off so he's wearing the cone which slows him down a little bit at least. Looks like he'll be back to full speed by next week!

On a side note, I'm really glad we practiced "handling" and restraining Ren so much when he was younger and smaller. He was a perfect angel about being lifted and carried into the car and the vet clinic while he was clearly in a lot of pain.

17 comments:

BZ Training said...

I hope Ren is feeling much better. Nasty stick. :(

陳璇竹陳璇竹 said...

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曾法幸 said...

獨居時,要反省自己的過錯;在社會大眾之間,則要忘卻別人的過失。..................................................

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李冠文 said...

快樂,是享受工作過程的結果..................................................

凱v胡倫 said...

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易建佑青 said...

喜歡自己的另一層意義是「接納自己」。..................................................

家唐銘 said...

我的痛苦會停止,但求我的心能征服它。................................................

小米 said...

凡事三思而行,跑得太快是會滑倒的。..................................................

誠陳侑 said...

Man proposes, God disposes..................................................................

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Juliette said...

Alucky escape for Ren - so good he didn't have to have surgery, bless him.




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