Yesterday morning Meggie's leg was enormous and she was in a lot of pain so decided to take her back to vet. She was given a massive pain killer and I asked my vet to refer her to Forest Veterinary. This is an excellent vet in Epping who I took Pinky to when she needed her rear leg realigned and I know Jenny thinks very highly of them.
We had an early appointment to see the vet this morning. Meggie was in so much pain I was very relieved to leave her in the very capable hands of vet Andrew who is an orthopaedic specialist. He phoned me later today. Meggie has two problems. One is preexisting and the reason for the other problem is yet to be determined. I am sorry to sound inconclusive but there is no positive diagnosis at the moment.
I will update tomorrow when hopefully I will have more information. I am very relieved she is in the right place, although thinking about her all the time. She is a very special puppy.
I left Meggie at Forest Vet yesterday and she is on intravenous Morphine for pain relief. She was also being fed fluids intravenously but has started to eat and drink so this drip has been removed.
I have just spoken to the vet who is dealing with Meggie and he has said she is a little more comfortable today although the leg is still swollen but swelling has gone down slightly.
He is not 100% sure but his first choice for the reason of the problem is an Adder bite.!! We evidently do have adders on our land, athough neither I or my Bruce have ever seen them, but my daughter told us last night that she had seen them at the end of our paddock. So, that is what the swelling is being treated for.
Meggie was allowed to run free in our paddock, although I was always with her, she was never out of my sight apart from a second or two when I looked the other way towards my dogs who were always in the paddock with us and needles to say I did not see anything untoward.
She will remain in hospital for today and possibly tomorrow, depending on how she improves.
Apart from the above and what was initially thought to be the reason for the swollen leg, Meggie has a narrow scar completely encircling the same hind leg. This is a pre-existing condition which happened prior to her coming into SLR care, so we have no background information on how it came about.
Get well soon Meggie. When Zephyr was bitten by an adder, he didn't cry or yelp, and it was only because I was only a yard or two from him and saw the adder that I was certain what had happened. I think it would be very easy for the owner to miss the moment it happened.
I spoke to the vet yesterday and there was very little change in Meggie and was told she would stay at the hospital over the weekend. However I had a call early this morning and the vet said he thought it would be more beneficial for Meggie if she was at home with me where she would be able to exercise more, which he believes will assist the swelling to go down. Her temperature was varying from being high to being almost normal, she was eating etc normally
When I collected Meggie she was really pleased to see me and wagged and wagged. She is still on three types of medication and obviously I must keep an eye on her leg. Now she is home she is acting almost normally, except she is sleeping a little more. The hospital has a 24 hour service so if I am concerned I can speak to someone at any time. I am taking her back on Monday for a check up.
She is such a good pup and she has had such a rotten start to her life, I really hope that things are going to be on the up from now onwards.