I’m hopping around on three legs – not sure why.
Maybe I’ve been playing too rough over the weekend?
Maybe I had too much fun. It suddenly happened on Sunday afternoon. We had come off the Doodle Express and was walking towards the car when it started to bother me. Mum noticed I was licking my right back paw. She checked it out for me and saw nothing there. I hobbled all the way to the restaurant and sat quietly and preferred to be on the floor. But um picked me up for cuddles.I had been told I have a luxating patella. Ever so often when I am running, I lift up one of my back legs. Thankfully it is always one of the two back legs – never been both. It lasts for a while and then disappears. So mum was hoping this was the same. But I kept hobbling as we walked.
And I never stopped spinning with excitement when we’re about to go out.
Mum thought it can’t be that bad but maybe should check it out with the vet. Last night, Mum watched as I was up to my usual – always picking up a toy to nibble on the bed and just in case Mum wants to play chase with me.
Mum was watching to see if I could still do my usual jumping up on the bed. She thought to video me just in case I am better but she wanted to show the vet how bad it was. I was just trying to get on the bed but I knew I would have difficulty. And then I tried.
Oouch!!!! That was painful!
May’s comment: I have never heard George cry in pain before – that video just broke my heart. I didn’t stop the video – it actually recorded the phone being thrown on the carpeted floor and a lot of crunching sounds of the bedding as I lifted George in my arms and sat on the bed cradling him as he cried in pain. Oh my God!!!!! His little cries! He’s usually a tough little guy. He whines and he whinges -as he complains, but he had never cried in pain. Even when he’s hobbling around with his luxating patella, he just gets on with things. This time when he fell backwards when he couldn’t make it up the bed, he didn’t cry immediately. He got up like nothing happened and then realised he was in a lot of pain.
We had an emergency appointment at the vet today and as usual, he was shaking. He doesn’t like going to the vet but he was amazingly brave when they examined him as he stood on the examination table.
There’s nothing “broken” and he didn’t cry when the vet straightened his legs. The vet could feel a slight inflammation and maybe, he thinks he could have pulled a ligament or chipped some bone. Possible rupture of his cranial cruciate ligament – similar to a humans ACL. He wanted George back at the surgery tomorrow morning for some x-rays and to probe further. But for tonight, he had some pain-killer.
He feels better already and though still favouring his right back leg, he’s not hobbling so obviously. No more food after supper and back to the vet tomorrow morning.Let’s hope it was just a bad case of his usual luxating patella … and nothing more serious. He seems ok tonight. Very little hobbling. Maybe the vet pulled things back into place. We’ll know more tomorrow.