I need to go back to the vet this morning for some x-rays to determine what I’ve done to my leg.
Darcy went with me …
And off they went for a jolly!
Mum came back a few hours later to pick me up and the Vet gave her the news. There are no fractures but I’ve done a good job with my ligaments. It didn’t come as a surprise to her, as she was reading up about it last night and all my symptoms pointed in that direction. This was a confirmation.
I was given pain killers and to take it with food everyday for a week and then back to the vet for an assessment and decide how to treat those torn ligaments.
That means I have to walk on lead (Mum says, this is another reason to keep you on the lead!!!) No more squirrelling!!! Waaaah! (Mum says – YUP! That’s right!) and no climbing stairs (Mum says, WHAAAT? I have to carry you each time?!?!?!) – and no jumping on the bed! ( Mum says – How do we stop that?) This world is way too big for me.
Now I am feeling a bit sorry for myself. 🙁
May’s comment: The x-rays showed he has torn his cruciate ligaments. The cruciate ligaments are two structures that run between the weight-bearing surfaces of the knee and help support the joint. One of the ligaments runs from the front of the shin bone to the back of the thigh bone. This is the cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) or as in humans, the ACL.
Cruciate injuries may appear to be sudden resulting from an acute injury, but most are actually the result of degenerative processes in the CCL. (dogsnaturallymagazine.com)
George has often limped along and we’ve always thought it was a luxating patella. Maybe it was always this and whatever happened on Sunday, brought it on. We have a week of pain killers – so he can put weight on his back right leg. By the evening when the pain-killer wears off, he is limping again. So it looks like it’s not going away. No, the ligaments do not repair themselves – just that in the past whenever he limped, he got over it. This time it’s not.
Funny thing, maybe coincidental. I’ve been planning a move to a ground floor flat next year – really for myself, my knees especially. Now this is another reason – so George doesn’t have to do stairs. All growing old together.