Update on Piper’s leg
Piper got her cast off today! Originally, her appointment was for tomorrow, but yesterday she stopped putting weight on her leg and was very sensitive, yelping when she was picked up, so I took her in early.
We did some radiographs while her cast was still on and everything looked great, so off came the cast. Once we got it off, it was obvious why she had been so sensitive: there was a large, painful ulcer covering her elbow. :( Since her muscles had atrophied so much from having the cast on for 4 weeks, the cast had started slipping down her arm, and despite the large amount of padding, the edge of the cast had rubbed her elbow raw, creating the ulcer. We cleaned it with some chlorhexidine and put some neopredef on it to numb it up, since it was pretty painful. She’ll have to wear a buster collar for a little while and she got some Rimadyl and Clavamox to ease the healing process along. She absolutely hated the cone when she first got it on, and refused to walk anywhere and squealed when something got near her face, but after resting in her bed with Dante for an hour, she got used to it.
Now that she’s home, she’s already trying to run around and play again. :P Since her leg is very weak, her gait is pretty funny as she hops and wobbles around. I’m sure she’ll build up her strength again quickly!
Today was also the first time I ever took both Dante and Piper to the vet and had to work up front while they were there. They did amazingly well, much to my surprise. They settled right down into their bed and stayed calm and quiet, even with many strange people and animals buzzing around. Since they did so well, I think I’ll start bringing them to work with me for the day every once in a while. It’s a good socialization and training experience for both of them. :)
Here are the radiographs of Piper’s leg on the day of the break (7/28) and today (8/26) before and after her cast was removed.
Today, with the cast still on:
So glad puppy bones heal up so quickly!
The next time somebody asks me if I rescued my dogs, I’ll say, “Yes, I pulled them out of the rubble of a burning building during a 7.9 earthquake.”