Monday, December 21, 2009

Owie, poor Simon...

Well, Simon hurt himself on Friday. We can't figure out how he did it -- and what's worse, we can't figure out what it is. Then again, the way he is, he could have hurt himself running around the yard, throwing his ball for himself.

Friday night he was having a hard time getting up - no yelping, nothing was sore or noticeable to the touch, but it looked like it was in both hind legs. I gave him some asprin and sent him to bed.

Saturday morning, it was even worse, and he was very stiff and favoring his left hind leg something awful, but also looked like he was going down in back. A call to the mobile vet, who was here within a half an hour.

A bunch of X-rays later and some doggie painkillers, he was feeling better Sunday, and today, he's back to bopping around with Caleb. (Hey, he gets the good stuff, Simon does.) However, the call from my vet tonight was frustrating, and he was frustrated too.

Now, he can't tell if he has a minorly calcified disk (or nothing at all it's so, so, so slight) a hip issue (which doesn't make much sense, considering he pre-limned fine) or if he's blown his cruciate... (argh, if he did, he probably did it running around with Caleb the week the ground was icy and hard as a rock.)

Or if he broke his toe - which is now my theory. His toe's all swollen up and he's holding it oddly. Which would be the best case out of all of these things. My vet's exact words were....

"I have no idea, but man, Corgis are weirdly shaped with those little dense bones. It doesn't help with diagnosis that they're very stoic and tough."

I'm wondering if that could cause all of his issues, if he crunched his toe pushing off the deck playing with his ball, or bent his leg under himself. :/ So, off the X-rays go to the specialist, and then we'll go from there. On a high note, he's putting weight on the leg and seems cheery as heck again.

Argh, dogs.

However, here, have a happy photo to finish off this post! :D



Throw it! Woo! Throw it! :D

10 comments:

2Grandmas2 said...

Oh man, that sucks! I'll be sending happy good vibes your way. I hope it goes well. I used a mobile vet from BI with my old dogs. Now I have one I love in S'dale, but would not hesitate to use the mobile for the end of life stuff. The stress level for them was zilch.
Nancy

Joanna said...

I vote toe too - they HATE it when their toes hurt and they will act like they're dying. According to them, having a toe boo-boo is FAR worse than hip dysplasia!

Every vet I've ever had throw up a film on a viewer says (immediately) "Man, these are such weird little dogs." Their x-rays must look like aliens'!

dreameyce said...

Glad for the happy photos! He's so handsome, the lug!

Good luck figuring it out. I love how my history with vet bills is that all my biggest ones have ended up being "unknown", so never even figured out! With rats, dogs, cats, and birds all, my biggest expenses aren't the "OMG!" emergencies, but rather the "Well... Hmmm... Ummm" problems ;)

Taryn said...

Oh, wow, sorry to hear about Simon! Me, too, I'll vote for the toe being the problem. Sure don't want it to be the back.Many, many healing vibes to the poor boy.

Janet said...

Stoic is right! I have had the same experience with my pack - one limps, but will not show where it hurts on exam.

Hope it's just the toe and heals up quick!

Jules said...

Oh no, poor Simon! I hope you get to the bottom of it soon. I don't think there is much worse than seeing one of our guys hurt and not knowing why! healing thoughts for Simon.

manymuddypaws said...

poor simon. i hope that it is his toe- just for simplicity, and ease of treatment!

poor dude, better make sure he gets lots of extra treats to make up for not feeling so good...

Lybertygirl said...

Poor Simon - you are so right - Corgi are very stoic. Lego injured himself and hid it from us for months. The injury ended his show career right when we had a backer for him as a special. Oh well, he is happy lying on the couch waiting for his occasional visit with a "lady" friend!

JulieandCaleb said...

Oh, no! I hope Simon feels better soon!

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