It’s all fun and games until someone gets injured! Bailie is always all about the fun, but Sunday, her back right paw seemed to be bothering her. She wouldn’t put weight on it. Mom kept an eye on it, but it didn’t get better. Wednesday Bailie went to the chiropractor, but that did not help, so yesterday she had to go to the vet. I wonder why the police are in the background…with Bailie, one never knows what she may have done, but Mom said they were not looking for her.
Mom couldn’t imagine what was wrong as Bailie would take a couple steps and then run, walk, and play as usual. She didn’t seem to be in any pain, but every time she would get up, she hobbled.
At the vet, Bailie felt good enough to try counter surfing, but they are smart folks at that place. See where the dog bones are? They are up high with the jars of equipment. There was no way she could reach them.
Bailie gave up on the treats and waited patiently for the vet to come in and have a look. Turns out she probably has a small tear in her ACL. This is quite devastating for all of us. We have never dealt with such an injury, and being so active, it brings us back to Mom and her broken ankle. Not a good situation.
The current plan is some pain medication, and dog bed rest for at least two weeks. Next week Mom has an appointment for her with one of the best orthopedic dog doctors in our area. The hope is they will be able to get a better diagnosis, and a treatment plan getting Bailie on the road to recovery, so resume her usual activities as soon as possible. After that appointment, we will know if surgery is required or not. Either way, we are all pretty sad around here. At least it is in the summer when we don’t like to be out much anyway, but Bailie won’t be doing her sports for a while, most likely.
It is really tough because both my sisters are so full of energy, and love playing wild games together, until someone gets injured. They both have a lot to learn about mellowing down and not playing for a while. Mom is also thankful right now that we have pet insurance. She never in a million years considered any of us having something go wrong with an ACL, but it may get pretty expensive, and insurance will help. We will give you an update on the patient next week after she sees the specialist.