Saturday, September 18, 2010

Dog Update

Well, we talked it through & decided to go ahead with the surgery. Briscoe had his surgery on Wednesday & came home on Thursday. They sent home the bone that they fished out of his knee joint. Honestly? I was HOPING that it was not some itty bitty teeny tiny kidney stone size of a bone. If it had been , I'd have been disappointed. But, I'll tell you - I was totally surprised by the size of the bone that the vet had to remove! It was HUGE. No wonder my poor baby was in so much pain & limping. It iw the size of the top half of my thumb. I mean like fromt he bottom of my nail @ the cuticle to the tip of my thumb. Amazing.

This dog don't model on que - but these were taken after we'd been home for about 2 hours. He's on some good drugs - so he's pain free. Consequently, he thinks he's cured. He has to spend 2 weeks in the kennel in the garage. Only out to controlled walks. Then after the staples are removed from his incision, he'll spend 4 weeks in a kennel out side.

All in all, I am glad we had it done. But let me tell you - getting him to lay down while I ice his elbow 3 times a day - is much easier said than done.


argh! I don't have my pictures on THIS computer.........

Friday, September 3, 2010

Dogs............& Decisions

This is ONE of my 3 dogs. This is Briscoe. I had him to the vet yesterday. He's been limping for roughly one week. He did this last year too, but the vet gave us some Rymidly (sp?) and he stopped limping. This time? He's not so lucky Turns out he has fractured his elbow on his left front leg. Actually, he's fractured BOTH. It's a bone issue common with GS's....3 x-rays later, we have to wiat on a consultation with a doggie orthopedic specialist. I have no clue what the cost is going to be. I have a number that I cna't go over...but over that? I don't know. We'll see. I love this dog. He's a GOOD dog. He barks a lot.......but you know? He's a DOG. He is in a lot of pain. He is basically being jabbed in the bone of his leg everytime he moves.

I hope the specialist calls today.