Rosie is just a little bit taller than a whippet with an athletic build, her skin is thin with little fur, and is prone to injuries, her crazy mentality means running into a tree during a walk around the woods is common, along with the Lurcher Dramatics that follow. Every Lurcher owner I have spoken to is aware of ‘Lurcher Dramatics’, for those unaware this is the ‘dramatic behaviour that follows any type of fall, accident or injury, to ensure the maximum amount of attention and sympathy from a human is received.’ Rosie performs this act perfectly as she wines, cries and limps from an incident then suddenly bounces back, jumping and running around within a 30-second gap.
In January 2018 Rosie fell from a 6ft wall at Banff Beach in Aberdeenshire Scotland, landing on a stone, fracturing her toe. It instantly swelled and turned a purple/blue bruised colour, she yelped and starting limping but it was genuine.
An X-ray confirmed the fracture and the vets advised it would take at least six weeks of strict rest to recover. For such a small fracture Rosie had a bandage that covered her whole paw and a section of her leg with a splint between the toe, which had to be changed two to three times a week by the vet to ensure her skin, stayed healthy. The second X-ray showed no signs of healing, and recovery time became longer, and she became incredibly bored and fed up, soon after the second X-ray. Trying to keep her calm and occupied in the house became a never-ending battle, Flyball had returned from the Christmas break and she enjoyed regular long walks in the hills, yet all she could do was walk around the garden on the lead for a few moments. She was a ball of energy constantly trying to explode and after a few days of painkillers, Rosie learnt to lift her paw and run around the house on three legs to burn off some energy.
Despite best efforts, Rosie’s thin skin started to break down, she had heat sores and was ripping her bandage off. I was really worried that the sores were going to become infected and Rosie’s leg looked sore and painful myself and the vet agreed to remove the bandages and allow the skin to heal. This decision meant Rosie really had to be careful with her toe, I gave her a few weeks, however, she was struggling to remain calm, it was then decided (with the vet) to give Rosie a small dose of sedatives to calm her down. Rosie wasn’t on them constantly, she would get one if she was being left alone or if she wasn’t settling. Without them, Rosie would have continued to run around the house on her fractured toe and it would never have improved.
Message for the Vets
I am really lucky to have such a fantastic veterinary practice. (Don View Vets in Inverurie Aberdeenshire, Scotland.) Their proactive attitude towards Rosie meant she was seen quickly and didn’t have to wait long for treatment. I left Rosie in their care while she had an X-Ray and received a phone call within hours to say she could come home. They took care of most of the insurance claim process, by completing the paperwork and sending it away with all the relevant information. Simple things, such as regular evening appointments stopped me from having to take huge amounts of time off work and their constant guidance, advice and reassurance took a lot of unnecessary stress away. – Thank you.
This blog post is in two parts as there is so much more I want to share, keep your eyes out for part two.
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