Our 6mo foster kelpie injured herself this morning. I let the dogs off at the entrance of the dog park (there was no one else there) and they both ran off at great speed. There's a little rocky hill in the middle so I temporarily lost sight of them and that's when I heard her yelp.
She managed to limp to the car and inside. I seriously regret not taking her to the vet then, but I decided to go to work and see if she improved first. I went back home after 3 hours and she was sitting on the bed and didn't want to move.
Long story short(er), after an X-ray it turns out she fractured the head of her femur. She must have slipped on a rock and forced her leg sideways.
Options are, 3 weeks crate rest. Successful in 30% of cases.
Or surgery to fix the fracture with pins. Very expensive, though they do offer a significant discount to rescues, bless them.
Or remove the femur head. Half the price of the other surgery, but it would mean she'll be permanently incapacitated.
Hearing option 3 made me have to fight back the tears. A young kelpie unable to run or jump well just sounds very sad.
The vet talked to the head of the rescue org and it was decided to rest her one week and then reassess.
She is in a lot of pain now. Carrying her to and from the car was a nightmare. She's now in her crate and I've given her a pain killer. They also gave me sedatives for if she starts to fret. But at the moment she's exhausted from the pain and shock.