Oh teh dramaz!

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    Mar 03, 2010 2:29 AM GMT
    Our oldest, Spencer the Jack Russell managed to dislocate his hip today, running down a flight of steps. He's 14 and partially blind, so all we can surmise is that he missed a step.

    Good lord.
    Bill came rushing home. I was hunched over Spencer, crying with the phone in one hand, having made an emergency appointment for xrays etc.

    Spencer is our white albatross. Spencer being a rescue and rather antisocial, I couldn't call a cab (he goes wild in a vehicle and it scared the daylights out of the last cabdriver) and being a Parson's breed a carrier wouldn't fit either; too big. So we took him up to the vet with him in my lap in the truck.

    He lunged at passing cars, shrieking in pain, so I had to body hug him tightly to me with his face in my armpit and crooned at him on the way.

    Somehow I popped the hip back into the socket doing this.

    The vet was happy about it, explained everything and gave him a shot for pain and sedation.
    So I asked for one too.
    He said no.
    He also said that until a certain ligament tightens back up (if at all) it could happen again.

    From now on I carry Spencer up and down all stairs. My poor babe.

    -Doug
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    Mar 03, 2010 2:40 AM GMT
    Poor Spencer. I hope he heals up quickly.
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    Mar 03, 2010 2:52 AM GMT

    Hey, thanks creature, if there's a lapsing back into pain in the next 48 hours it's back for xrays and possibly surgery, that is, the ligament could be torn. (to hell with the bank account)

    We forgot to ask the vet how long it takes for the ligament to heal. Does anyone know?

    -anxious parents
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    Mar 03, 2010 3:51 AM GMT
    I hope the little guy heals soon, but no more steps. Might consider getting a baby gate for the top of the stairs.
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    Mar 03, 2010 4:05 AM GMT
    Done Erik! Now it's just a matter of him letting us carry him everywhere. He's a rather independent pooch and behaves as though we coddle him too much.

    The other two dogs would let us peel grapes for them.

    Egads our house is becoming geriatric city!
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    Mar 03, 2010 5:44 AM GMT
    Well, he's definitely in good hands, so he'll probably pull through with pluck. icon_smile.gif