Winnie had been in the Vets over a week before she came to us, and the x-rays show that this is a complicated dislocation that could be even older than that! The original owners were tracked down and said they wanted to sign her over as they could not afford surgery (they have not answered any phone calls since!) and so the Vets rang us. I am just saddened that when the first Vets saw the x-rays they didn't try and pop the joint back in. After a week it will not be possible to get it to stay. Once Anne-lise at North Weald saw it she confirmed that because of the length of time since the injury, and possibly longer the only kind thing and best for Winnie was to remove the leg. Being a hind leg, it is not so problematic with weight bearing as the front end. She is slight in build and weight so should cope within a few days of the op. Balance will return that quickly too.
Today she was much happier on tramadol and so was Penny !! Lol
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Hi all. Winnie continues to be a lovely house guest and today I went out a couple of times for an hour without putting her in the Crete as I found evidence of distress when I put her in it over the weekend. Each time on return I found a happy waggie hound and no damage or mess. She has an amazing bladder and has been 100% clean indoors! (So far) She is booked in for Wednesday for the amputation but is doing surprisingly well considering she has a dislocated back leg! So much so that I personally suspect this may of happened some time ago as she doesn't appear to be in much pain. So today I took her for a very slow 5 minute walk just to get her out of the house as I think she was about to start going crazy after 3 days of house arrest! She really enjoyed it and walked beautifully on lead without pulling. Such a shame she needs to lose a limb but I'm sure she will be much more comfortable without it!
This poor little girl. She's a beauty. We sadly lost our beautiful tripawd, Dave, last year. He was a big boy and lost is front leg to bone cancer (but it was his kidneys that let him down in the end!). I'm sure this little one will do just fine with three legs and will adapt very quickly and be much more comfortable. When Dave was in full flight you'd never have know he was missing a limb, and as I said, he was a heavy boy. Less than 24 hours after his op he came out of the vets dragging a nurse behind him as he so wanted to come home with us. It was absolutely the right decision for him and neither he or us ever looked back. Fingers crossed all goes really well for you all.
I'm so sorry this little sweetie didn't get the best of care to start with but I think Jenny's right; sadly vets are only allowed to make an animal comfortable with pain killers etc and can only surgically intervene, without the owners permission, if the situation is life threatening. The responsibility to make decisions for the animal's well being lies with the owners! The original vets may not have been able to relocate the joint but I'm fairly sure they would have made sure she was as pain free as she possibly could be. But, yeah, as some of you have said, sometimes the regulations suck!!