August 30, 2013

Oops...she did it again.

Miss Libby just could not stand it.  It has been too long since she's had one of her "accidents".  Here we go again.

Just to recount "Lucky", as she's known in some circles, has had:
-broken jaw at 8 weeks
-broken leg at 9 weeks
-almost had her tongue partially amputated at 11 week
-EMERGENCY spay at 16 months
-qualified for Canadian National with 10 staples in her side as a 2 year old

Libby came off the truck limping on a hind leg today.  First terrifying thought was a torn ACL, but a quick exam by me led me to believe she had broken a toe.  No big deal, right?  Wrong.

I took her to the vet and this is what they saw.

An outside toe on one of her hind feet is fractured in 4 places.  It's smashed.  (The crooked toe to the left of it is no deal-they just moved the toe there for the x-ray).

The vet said they would splint it, consult an ortho vet and we would go from there.

We have NO idea how she did that.  Playing in the yard in the morning?  It happened before she had any field training for the day.

The ortho vet consult result is that they are suggesting amputation of the toe.  It is a non weight bearing toe and apparently she will be no worse for wear after the skin flap heals.  Side effects of not amputating is that her toe may never heal properly, re-fracture easily and have a long, slow and potentially unsuccessful healing process.  Not to mention the arthritis she will get in that toe some day.

I've been given my options.  Amputate or splint and hope for the best.

Apparently Libby won't even know that her toe is gone...but I will know and it's hard for me to fathom.

I need to digest this all over the week-end.  It hasn't really sunk in yet.

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