Well.¬† Actually, he broke himself.
Poor Ranger. Sometime between Friday evening and Saturday morning, he ran full tilt into something. We don’t know what, but this dog is always running full tilt somewhere, and I guess he just isn’t used to quite where everything is in this house.¬† Our best guess is that he hit the wooden feeding station with his right hind foot, because it’s quite solid, and it was knocked out of place around that time, too.¬† And it’s the outer metatarsal that he’s broken.¬† In two places.
Yep.¬† He chipped a triangular shaped piece right out of it, and there’s another rhomboid shaped piece next to it.¬† See?
I noticed him holding that foot up every now and then on Saturday morning, and then it began to swell.¬† Naturally, we weren’t in time to go to the vet’s Saturday surgery, and it clearly wasn’t an emergency, since he was using the foot … so over the weekend I had fun icing the foot of a dog who doesn’t like his feet touched at the best of times, but he was very brave and allowed me to do it a few times.¬† While I was holding that ice pack in place, I took the opportunity to distract his attention by working on getting him used to me touching his mouth – you’ll remember perhaps that he hates his mouth touched?¬† Well, eventually, on Sunday afternoon, I found out why he’s so against it.¬† I got a quick glimpse of the gum above his (missing) left upper canine, and there it was: a huge, deep, angry-looking ulcer with what looked suspiciously like a fistula at the bottom of it.
So, on Monday morning, off he went to the vet, where I left him for x-rays and a good look in his mouth.
You can see what the x-ray of his foot showed.¬† The break is two thirds the way along the long bone at the bottom in the picture.¬† Impressive, for a dog who didn’t yell about it, huh?¬† But that’s the funny thing about greyhounds:¬† if they step on a twig funny, they scream blue murder, but break a bone and they can be silently stoical.
And his mouth?¬† They took another x-ray to make sure there was no root left behind after his dental two months ago (there wasn’t), cleaned the fistula and gave us some heavy duty antibiotics plus mouthwash* and altogether (including painkillers for the foot) that was ¬£370 walking out of our account without even waving goodbye.
Way to go Ranger – you’ve hardly been here five minutes!
Bless him, he’s been behaving very well.¬† No chewing of the bandage, and while he’s very frustrated at the lack of walks, he’s taking it well.¬† He’s eating for England, too, now that his poor mouth is feeling better.
However.¬† We’ve gone through cheese balls, corned beef, and potted meat paste as a wrap for the tablets.¬† We’re onto Brussell’s pat√© now.
Now I know this dog will eat Parma ham, but … well, really!
* Yeah, yeah, I know.¬† Rinse and spit, Ranger!