Unbelievable is just one way to put it. Last week, our veterinarian made a shocking discovery while examining Scarlett. While at first completely overwhelmed, we know everything is going to be okay.
Scarlett started limping last Monday while she was outside. That’s odd, we thought, but dismissed it once she stopped moments later. On Tuesday morning, the limp was back and she was picking up her back right leg when she stood. Since she has never limped in the year we’ve had her and has not had any accidents since, we took her to the vet for an explanation. After feeling around and noticing her right leg did not extend as much as the left one, Dr. T called for an X-ray. “Could this be the same thing as Chelsea?” I blurted. “It can’t be,” he replied as they walked out.
When they came back in the room, Dr. T’s smile was gone. “Unbelievable,” he exclaimed. My heart sank. I knew before he continued, “Same exact thing as Chelsea.”
Apparently, just like Chelsea, Scarlett suffered an accident that has left her with a broken, dislocated right leg. The leg has since healed incorrectly, on the side of her pelvis instead of in the hip socket, where it should be.
HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?!
That was certainly my first question. We adopted her almost one year ago, around 10 months old; Dr. T feels this injury happened when she was 2-5 months. The injury is most consistent with being hit by a car but anything is possible. Scarlett is deathly afraid of cars so we think that’s most likely what happened.
The saddest part of all this is that unlike Chelsea, Scarlett had a “home” when she broke her leg. Someone knew she was in gut-wrenching pain and did nothing. Knowing the abuse she suffered there, it wouldn’t surprise me if her “caretaker” caused this accident. Thankfully, Scarlett was seized from this terrible place and taken to Miami-Dade Animal Services, where we adopted her. Though she was in bad shape, there was nothing to indicate a broken leg. Her wounds were consistent with abuse and neglect instead of massive trauma such as a car accident. She has never limped, favored one leg or done anything to suggest such a thing…until last week.
Though we didn’t see anything happen, our vet is hoping Scarlett bumped or overextended it and it’s temporarily sore. Since she has been fine for the past year, he decided not to rush her into FHO surgery and instead put her on anti-inflammatory medicine for two weeks. After a day, we saw significant improvement and in two days, her limp was gone. We are currently eight days in and Scarlett is totally normal–running, playing, no limp whatsoever. We will re-asses the situation next week and decide on our next steps. If she is still in pain, she will have to undergo FHO surgery much sooner than later.
I apologize that we have not been present at all over the past few weeks and promise we’ll be making re-appearances as soon as we can! In addition to Scarlett’s shocking diagnosis, we’ve been working overtime and both our cars broke down, making 10-hour-days turn into 13-hour-days. We also had a visit from our parents and sent Sony to live with them in his forever home :) We do miss you all dearly and can’t wait to catch up and see some adorable doggie photos.