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Old 03-26-2008, 03:59 AM   #1
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I took Nellie to the vet last night with her sore foot – I had to wait outside in the cold though, because she does nothing but bark when we get to the surgery, and I was getting dark looks from all the owners whose pets were sitting quietly and calmly without making a fuss. Especially the woman who had a lamb on her lap wrapped in a blanket!

So the vet (who luckily I know personally) had to come out and fetch us – but Nellie refused to cross the threshold. She planted her 3 good feet, waved the painful one around a bit and squealed like a pig as everyone glared at us. I snatched her up, sheepishly apologising to everyone in the waiting room, then she virtually leapt out of my arms to try and attack the nearest dog – which was a bl**dy GUIDE DOG sitting with its blind owner, how embarrassing!!!

Once on the table the vet tried to inspect the sore foot, as I hung on grimly to Nellie who screeched and howled and wriggled like a piglet. Eventually the vet “scruffed” her (grabbed her by the scruff of the neck and told her not to be so silly….???), and me and an assistant held on until the examination was finished.

She needed a painkilling injection which she accepted, but by now she was a quivering wreck, crouched down on her belly on the table and whimpering like she’d been beaten with a big stick.

She’s going back today to be sedated and have it looked at properly, at its even worse this morning than it was yesterday. But I feel so upset and embarrassed – embarrassed that I have no control over my dog and she won’t behave for the vet, and upset because Nell is finding it all so traumatic.

I’m not a sentimental person but I feel quite sick at the thought of leaving her there alone with strangers today when she’s scared and in pain. How pathetic am I?

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Old 03-26-2008, 04:04 AM   #2
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Well, don't feel so bad.. she's in pain.. Dog's with pain will behave worse. They feel threatened when hurt and go VERY defensive. Esp a terrier mix..

I'd say to go to a dogtraining class though.
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Don't feel bad. You aren't the first and you won't be the last. My Zircie starts to whine in the waiting room. I keep telling him that everyone on the vet's staff loves animals, but he refuses to believe me. And a doggy in pain, well, asking Nellie to sit quietly under THOSE conditions is a tall order!
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Chessie is usually fairly well behaved at the vet and she's been there a lot this year as we made our way thru the hip dysplasia process. Of course, when she is there it's all about her and it's apparent that in her mind that all those other dogs and people have come there to see her right? Since she had been there so frequently she usually calmed down and could be persuaded to sit with me nicely in the waiting area and I was so proud of her behavior. Then, when we were there for the removal of her stitches, which had to be about our eighth or ninth visit within two months, she began to howl and bark and carry on nonstop and so loudly at absolutely nothing that everyone in the place was turning to stare and laugh. By comparison she made everyone there proud of their own pet's behaviors no matter what they were doing. She did, however, manage to get us seen promptly, lol. And on every visit since she has been a perfect lady. Go figure!
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Hi Sue
So did the vet give you any indication of what she thinks may be wrong? Pain is a dreadful thing for humans who know that something is wrong and can intellectualise. But for a poor dog they just want to run away for their pain and don't understand.

Who cares what your dog is like at the vet's? Poor thing she's in pain - people will surely understand. When i go to the vets Jake jumps on my knee - all 32Kg of him!

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Try not to be inbarised. Most of the people there have had some kind of proble with there dog at the vets. I do with Freckel and Jess Freck barks his head off and try to greet all the other dogs and Jess sits there cowering in the corner. Also a dog in pain isn't going to be on it's best behaviour. So chin up hun your not alone.

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Hi everyone, thanks for your replies!

Well, even though she limped through her painkillers last night and couldn't put the foot down this morning, my husband talked me out of taking her back to the vet.

Last night they inspected each claw and were doubtful that any were actually broken further down the shaft, although it was quite possible that she had twisted one. They didn't find anything in the pads either. They specifically said that if she was "still on 3 legs" this morning, they wanted a closer look under sedation. But because she had no choice but to go to work with hubby for a few hours, she started using it again very quickly and by 9am wasn't limping at all. Apparently. So in spite of my concerns that her excitement at being back amongst the pack at work was masking her pain, he told me that he didn't think she needed to go back, and that the vet was being "rash" by giving us those instructions.

He's obviously a vet now.

I can't stand up to him, and anyway he has an answer to every one of my arguments, so I gave in. I collected her at lunchtime from him - she was starving, he said he gave her breakfast at work but she threw it all up again, including her antibiotic! I don't know if that means much, as she's a champion vomiter when she's 100% fit.....

So anyway, she's back resting at home with me now. She is walking on it and not limping as badly, but its clear to me that she is definitely favouring that foot. She's got a course of antibiotics, so if she has twisted the claw and torn the sheath somewhere, at least it won't get infected this time.

I would still feel happier if the vet looked at it properly, but I suppose we'll have to follow the rules of He Who Must Be Obeyed until she can't walk on it again......and then he'll be away, it will be the weekend, etc etc etc etc.

Fingers crossed she'll be alright.




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Well I hesitate to say this, but have you considered the possibility that Nellie is physically fine and that this misht be attention seeking behavior on her part? I realize that it is a long shot, and I do not want to make light of any real injuries that may exist. But I swear that Zircon has pretended to be lame AND has exaggerated a limp. In the second case it was to con treats out of sympathetic humans. Smart doggie!

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PMSL I wouldn't put it past her!!! V interesting article, thanks.

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well it might also be that she was scared of using her paw cause of previous pain that now is almost gone. Ive seen that one too a couple of times.

I hope that it was nothing serious and that she is ok now

and skunky that article is SO true..

Missy always do the body posturing.. cause she knows she gets a ton of laugh from me and a Belly rub. She can look at me and all of a suddens he does all crazy stuff. Dogs.. what would the world be without them..
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