Has Your Dog Been Injured?

 

Dog owners:  Has your dog been hit by a car? Has your dog been injured and hospitalized?

Please read Joey’s story.  Then share your experience with us.  Use the “Write Comment” box.  Joey will write back to you.

Dogs:  Are you a dog who has been hit by a car? Are you a dog who has been injured and hospitalized? Do you have to wear the dreaded Elizabethan collar?

Please share your experience with us.  Use the “Write Comment” box.  Joey will write back to you.

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  1. Two days ago my dog, Little Jerry was hit by a car and died. I feel like it was my fault and am feeling so sad. I had just gotten home from a long trip and was unpacking the car. My 2 Jack Russells, Lucy and Little Jerry and my 4 year old son were waiting for me at the door. When I opened the door, Little Jerry ran out. I chased him down the street, the whole time knowing that he was headed for a busy street during rush hour. I then heard a terrible bang and saw his little body fly. I then saw him on the road with a huge gash in his side. He was still breathing but I knew it was bad. My neighbor rushed us to the animal hospital and my son and husband met us there soon after. Little Jerry had to be put to sleep because of his injuries.

    I miss Little Jerry so much. I also feel so bad. If I had been thinking properly, I couldn’t have been more firm with him getting back away from the front door. I knew he had a history of running out. I feel I could have prevented it. I also can’t get the image of him being hit out of my mind. I also feel bad for causing my family pain. He was my husband’s dog before I met him. I’m not sure I can get over it.

    • Laura,

      I feel so badly about your loss and the whole situation – and thanks for sharing it with me. First, I’m speaking from the dog’s point of view, and I think I can speak for Little Jerry. I have to say unequivocally that there is not much that our owners can do when we dogs are determined to get outside, which we are. Secondly, it wasn’t just getting outside; it was a statement of how much Little Jerry loved you and missed you while you were away. I know that even though my dad goes to work in the morning, when he shows up in the evening 10 or 12 hours later I act as if I hadn’t seen him in two weeks. My dad says that to me each day when he comes home; he says, “Joey, you act like you haven’t seen me in two weeks.” The truth is we just love you guys. We don’t have this concept of time like “it’s only been…” …We miss you as if we hadn’t seen you forever. And of course since you were away for a long time, he got really revved up.

      I want to share also about the morning that I got hit which also rings a bell with your trauma. That morning my dad was away on a trip and he and I did not have our typical morning run. My dad had been away a few days. It’s not like I don’t love my mom or love just hanging outside in the back yard. I totally love her and I love our back yard. But my one or two days without my run and my community engagement and interaction really set me off. I just had to get away and be with other dogs and be free. Maybe Little Jerry was feeling the same urge, as you, like my dad, had also been away for a while. This is just part of being a dog in a human’s world, a world with cars and trucks and things that are bigger and faster than us dogs.

      Now Laura, you feel you could have prevented his getting back away from the front door but maybe you couldn’t have. Entering our home we have a mudroom and Jane has a rule that, when people come in the front door, I’m not allowed past the inner door. Between you and me, I work hard at opposing and ignoring her rule. She has to really work hard “Joey, no” or “Joey, out” and put on her big deep voice or just grab my collar and pull me back to enforce the rule. Sometimes I obey her but only if she’s between the outer door and me and can push me back or really use her voice. If you were at the door in front of Little Jerry, which it sounds like you were, it would have been almost impossible, as I see it from my dog’s point of view, to stop Little Jerry from rushing toward you, and then, his being very small, his picking up some dog scent and rushing out the front door past you to interact with other dogs or whatever he found so alluring. Now I’m a chocolate Lab and I know that Jack Russells are small but what we have in common is that we are HIGH ENERGY dogs and we are STRONG dogs.

      I appreciate how much you miss Little Jerry. You’ll probably miss him for a long time, and have those awful images in your mind for a long time, and maybe even Lucy will miss him. But as I see it, you have been a very loving and caring and responsible dog owner (dog mommy?) and weren’t the cause of this painful situation and I am sure that your husband will understand and not fault you. Take it from me.

      I don’t know if Lucy also runs out. As you read in my blog, “opportunity” is a big thing with us dogs. My parents are faced with the situation now that I’m in rehab of how to prevent me from digging my way out. I don’t know how your home is configured or if you can have a mudroom that Lucy is not allowed past. Your children will have to cooperate with this and enforce this rule for the future, I think. I know that in our home, my mom wants to enforce a rule but my dad lets me slide, or my little sister (who is grown up now) used to let me slide. This made it very hard for my mom to keep uniformity about the home.

      Wish you and Lucy and your whole family much healing and many more happy years with your human and animal family!

      Joey

  2. Dear Joey,
    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and experiences. Having a dogs perspective has been really really helpful for me and I feel better. We will miss Little Jerry very much. I’m sure he’s now chasing squirrels and cats and UPS men to his heart’s content and is eating all the steak he can fit in his belly.

    My sincere thanks,
    Laura

    • Oh, yeah, Laura. The UPS men, too! See we dogs “think” alike. Maybe he’s playing with my little feline-brother Mickey too. You’re very welcome for whatever perspective I could share with you, which is only one I have – mine! Regards to Lucy. (And don’t spoil her – too much!)
      Joey

  3. My dog Luca, a 4 year old American Eskimo, broke his front left leg last week. I had him at a doggie day care center for the day to play with some buddies, and he jumped out of his crate after nap time (about 3-4 feet off the ground). The day care employees were clearly negligent, but that is another part of the story.

    He broke both bones in the front left leg; he needed surgery and now has a metal plate and 8 pins inside his leg. He has a splint and will need to be off his feet for 12 weeks (which will be tough, as he’s an active dog).

    We’re still dealing with this first week with the pain, etc. He was hospitalized for a total of 4 nights, and now we’re trying to get into a groove at home. He’s needed sedation pills to keep him calm, though.

    Tough all around. And a shame for my poor little guy.

    • Lena,

      I feel so badly about Luca! Two broken bones in his front left leg…Yes, I can tell you – and Luca – that it will be a difficult time all around. “The groove” will have a lot of surprises in it, however. Maybe Luca will chew on his splint like I did…You never know…and you’ll have another trip to the veterinarian that you didn’t expect. You’ll have to be on your toes – while Luca’s on his 3 legs. Speaking of which, how will you be able to keep him off his feet altogether? I know that with me, I had to be taken out for walks twice a day, every day, and then brought immediately back in. So maybe it’s the same with you. With me, I was hopping on three legs a lot and that’s just how it was so I think that Luca will hop on three legs too and get pretty used to it, at least in this stage, and he’ll probably think it quite natural after a while. I’ve seen other dogs in the hospital with one front leg and two hind hopping.

      You know, even now when my dad has started taking me out running and I want to pick up speed, I return to three legs. That’s when my dad slows me down, so that I learn to use my legs equally again.

      What Luca and I have in common is that we are both active and large dogs. I empathize with Luca. Being confined was very difficult but I had no choice: My parents got me a gate from Orvis and it was a gate that I couldn’t jump over or open the door to (my being so clever) or push out of the way. To stop me from jumping on the sofa in that room, the would keep all the shades down – so that I didn’t get excited and want to jump up on the sofa. Honestly, it’s been about one month since my bandages came off and I still haven’t even tried to jump up on any sofa in our home. But the dog gate is still there. Sometimes when they go out they close the dog gate so that I stay OUT of the living room, where the sofas are.

      I was often miserable. To help a little, and it made a big difference, after a few weeks, my parents figured out to move my food bowls into the kitchen and then move my bed into the dining room right by the kitchen door. That way, I could be only a few steps from where my food was (and now still is), and where they spend a lot of time, and from them when they eat in the dining room. Now that my bandages are off, I have continued to like this spot for my bed the most, better than my original spot in the living room. I’m sure you’ll find the best spot in the home so that Luca can be close to you while minimizing his movement at the same time.

      And Lena, one thing: It sounds like you’re going to follow the doctor’s instructions, just like my parents did. In the end, you’re going to be really glad that you did. I’m a 10-year old dog and they say that my bones healed slower than a young dog like Luca’s. But it’s a miracle. Our doctors showed us the before x-rays and the after x-rays and it was a miracle to see the bones healing. My mom just peeked her head in on what I was writing and says to emphasize using the glucosamine/chondroiten every morning on his food: My parents get the liquid because it’s less expensive per dose. It will help prevent arthritis down the road.

      Speaking of down the road, I can’t remember my car accident or anything but I’ve started swimming again and running again and I believe that Luca will be the active dog he was before! Just take it slowly, like my mom always says to me.

      The most important thing is to know that Luca will have a great attitude. We dogs look forward, not backward. keep telling Luca he’s a good boy because your love and attention to him and your cheery voice and smiles are the most important thing to him, even more important than his being active. The time will pass and you’ll all be very active again, together.

      And – oh! Remember to keep giving him treats!

  4. Excellent! Thank you so much for all the insight; this blog has been very helpful so far.

    We are VERY lucky in that I work from home and my partner has flexibility to work from home, so Luca is going to have 24/7 coverage. What we’ve been doing is keeping him tethered on a leash where-ever we are, and in a place where he only has about 2 feet to move around and where he can’t jump on anything (he’s trained not to jump up on the bed/couch unless he’s “invited”, but we’re taking no chances). So, during the day, this is in my office and in the evening, in the living room. We set up a dog bed and a human “bed” on the floor in the living room so that one of us can sit down and be next to him to keep him company. At night when we are sleeping, Luca is crated.

    As for mobility, we can’t do ANYTHING with him. We are carrying him outside for his pee/poop, and carrying him from room to room. For food, I feed him and keep his water where ever he is at that time so he doesn’t have to travel for it.

    So far, he’s kept off that splint/cast, but I suspect that won’t last too long. He’s becoming more and more alert each day (thank goodness) and he’s probably going to start going at it soon. At that time, we plan on using the dreaded cone.

    As for food, I am still feeding him white rice and boiled chicken. He had complications after surgery with vomiting and dehydration (which made us have to readmit him to the hospital for 2 additional days). He’s on a pretty extensive medication schedule (stomach meds, antibiotics, pain pills and sedative)… I’m weaning off the sedative and hope to wean off the pain in the next day or so. Once those are gone, I’m going to start introducing more regular dog food (his kibble, etc) and yogurt (for some probiotics). At that time, I am going to be giving him his daily supplement (which he always took, pre operation) and glucosomine, as you suggested. I have them ready to go, just want to make sure his stomach can handle it.

    It is very high maintenance, but we will do whatever we have to to make sure he heals properly. I’ll keep you posted on his progress.

    • Lena,

      First, please say hi to Luca! Secondly, wow, you and Luca are both lucky that you work at home. So does my mom and it was really great (for me, at least). Best of all is that when I was able and allowed to get outside a little for other than my business, she would spend 5 or 10 minutes outside with me. Of course there were days when it was raining and she didn’t want to take me out. I didn’t understand, of course. I still stood there by the door and tried to make her feel badly for me. But that’s dog versus man, as they say. The eternal struggle!

      You sound like Luca should love you a lot! Somebody suggested putting a toy in the crate but honestly, I wasn’t interested even in my toys or balls or anything for a long time.

      I’m glad that Luca is getting more alert. Some of the pain medications make some dogs lose their appetites and vomit and get upset stomachs and things like that. My parents were feeding me rice too, in the beginning, because I had lost three teeth. Then, on “day 9″, I let it all go right in the hospital examination room, on the floor! My mom was like “Oh, I’m sorry!” but Dr. Kiko was totally cool and just cleaned it up and he was talking to my mom at the same time like nothing had happened. He’s like – one of us! After that, for a few days, the doctor told my parents to feed me Hill’s Prescription Diet w/d Canine Canned Food – something about high in fiber – and although I don’t understand that, it tasted great. My parents didn’t know if the rice was “the problem” and asked the doctor, who said it could have just been from trauma. To make a long story short, “everything” got back to normal. My parents used half a can and mixed it with my dry food. Then after about one week they phased out that luxury. It was kind of hard getting used to my standard dry dog food again and I think I write about that in my blog. But it did eventually happen.

      I’m glad I can be of help. Everything changes and readjusts; you guys are totally groovy! And don’t forget about the treats! You know, come to think of it, I wasn’t interested in treats in the beginning, right after the surgery. Amazing, isn’t it?

      Joey

  5. So I wanted to post a quick update on Luca. He’s going in tomorrow to get his cast changed. So we’ll see how it looks and if all looks like it’s healing according to plan.

    The good news is that Luca is starting to look a bit bored. Usually, when you look bored is when you are feeling better, right!?

    • Lena,

      Right! Looking bored is probably a good sign – from your point of view. From our point of view, we’re BORED! The “have pity on me” looks will follow soon. Beware! We’re really good at those.

      And if you can get a message to Luca, wish him good luck tomorrow with the cast change. Please tell him: I hope you’ll be a really cool dog and won’t require anesthesia. I didn’t have a cast; I had a splint, which is stiff but softer than a cast. The cast immobilizes more but you had some pretty serious injuries there, I hear. Luca, your mom sounds like she means business about you getting better. So, sport, hang in there!

      Joey

  6. Luca was a champ today at his bandage change (well, sort of a champ…. he was pretty freaked out about being in the hospital!).

    No anaesthesia required, but a heavy duty tranquilizer was needed – in fact, the appointment was at 8am, and it’s now almost 8pm and he’s still seeing kaleidoscopes and dancing doggies……

    • Lena,

      I’m proud of Luca. Yes, a lot of dogs get freaked out there but – - no anesthesia required! Woah, he’s definitely cool.

      You know, it’s worth asking if, some time down the road when the doctors do the bandage change, if you can go in and be there with Luca. I know that in the big hospital they did the bandage changes in the back at first, and she would wait in the waiting room, and then my mom asked a few times if she could be there when the did the bandage change and they were very accommodating and did the bandage change in an examination room where she was allowed her in and she was stroking my head and saying nice things and it helped to relax me. Boy, that was a long sentence. But back to my train of thought, her being there with me helped calm me. For sure, though, it’s the doctor’s call.

      Onward, Luca! To your health! We dogs have some of the most incredible dreams, you wouldn’t believe!

      Joey

  7. Is there a way to post photos on here? I’ll share a photo of Luca if there is!

    • Lena,

      So far I haven’t found a way for commenters to post photos in their comments. HOWEVER you can upload the photo to me at JOEY (at) DOGSDONTLOOKBOTHWAYS (dot) COM and I’ll post it on my end. That would be very very cool! Also, if you think of anything that Luca would like to say, a message that Luca would like to express, please include that too!

      Do you think Luca would recognize himself on the big screen?

      Joey

  8. I’m not sure I can figure that out! Oh well, if you have more detailed directions, let me know and I’ll try.

    How did you keep Joey from getting depressed? Luca looks a little depressed these days, though I’m not sure if that’s not just me transferring my emotion onto him……

  9. Thank you!

  10. Bruno broke a bone in his foot, so not technically his leg, three weeks ago. I came home from work and he was limping and his front paw was very swollen. (I think you found me on pets.com my PetSmart blog). It’s been a hard road back to recovery and we’re still in the beginning. I love your blog and can send photos if you’d like.

    • Jessica,

      Thanks for writing to me! I feel so badly for Bruno. Did you ever figure out how he hurt himself? Maybe he just jumped from something – and landed in such a way as to break his foot? Let me guess….He didn’t tell you and you have to figure it out yourself. Some piece of furniture he likes to jump up on….

      I’m glad you love my blog. I’m glad you want to be a part of it.

      Yes, it was pets.com where I saw the photo of Bruno.

      I would love for you to send photos! I can make up a post about Bruno, too. I want to write about how to send me photos of Bruno. You would send them to: joey AT dogsdontlookbothways DOT com, where “AT” means @ and “DOT” means .

      The other thing if you could is to tell me what you think Bruno is communicating in each photo you send. You are the person who knows him best. Also, what breed is Bruno?

      Jessica, please say hello to Bruno for me! I also broke three toes so I know how it feels. On the other hand, he wasn’t allowed any pain-killers. Ouch! I understand, sort of. Did he actually stay off of his foot those first few days, then?

      Joey

  11. My daughters dog “Cheyenne” was hit by a big truck last Monday night. She is half min-pin and half jack russell (small doggie). We thought she was dead and had started digging the grave through our tears. We were shocked to find her breathing very shallow. Upon rushing her to the vet (an hour away), we found out she had a snapped jaw, broke pelive (4 places), and broke her left leg at the growth plate. They wired her jaw (who would of known the wire would have to stick out for 3 weeks), and pinned her leg. Cheyenne is now wearing a splint and came home Thursday. We were told to come back in 3 weeks and to keep her splint dry.

    I was told to have a leash on her when she goes out. Okay… her leg, with the splint, is way longer than the other. She can hardly stand. Will she be able to walk with the splint? Much less stand on her own. How will I know when she is in pain? How do you keep the splint dry when she pees (it runs down the splint)? Why do we have to wait 3 weeks to change the splint? We are soooo scared we are going to hurt her or even mess her leg up even worse. I get confused when I talk to her vets because each one tells me something different. Don’t get me wrong, we LOVE her vets. They saved my daughters baby!!! But i feel we have more questions than answers. Can you help…

    Thanks for listening to me rant…
    ~CC~

    • Crystal,

      I’m so happy for Cheyenne…It’s a miracle! This is a miracle! Just goes to prove – don’t ever count us dogs out!

      Wow…I’m going to answer all your questions. You know, sometimes when I’m sleeping I think my mom thinks I’m dead because she’ll wake me up just to see my eyes open and then she’ll say “joey, go to sleep.” Go figure.

      So I take it they did the surgery on Cheyenne right away, right?

      Let me just send you this one message and then in another one I’ll answer your questions.

      I think you are correct: There should be many questions and my parents discovered that they needed to be very flexible with their time because even though the doctors said “three weeks” for this or “two weeks” for that, real life turned out to have its surprises. And honestly, my mom ranted a lot too. (I hope she’s not reading this.)

      So I will answer your questions in another “comment” box next.

      A complete recovery for Cheyenne,

      Joey

    • Crystal,

      Sorry about the delay. My mom didn’t let me go onto the computer.

      Let me see….I’m going to make a page for Crystal and then move the comments there and then…I’ll be back shortly.

      Thanks, and hold on,

      Joey

      p.s. Crystal, I’m back! The new page about Cheyenne will be here; just follow this link. The post name is “Cheyenne: a little dog hit by a big truck”.

    • Crystal,

      Here are a few of the questions you asked and some answers to them.

      Let’s keep on communicating – but on the new page!

      I was told to have a leash on her when she goes out. Yes. And when you go up and down stairs, too. This will keep her walking at a slow and steady pace. She won’t jump and put extra pressure on her injured let.

      Okay… her leg, with the splint, is way longer than the other. She can hardly stand. Will she be able to walk with the splint? Much less stand on her own. Right now she’s probably just still traumatized and tired from that. I hopped around with my splint on my leg, holding my 4th leg up in the air. I did this for a few months. At first, it was awkward. But then I got really good at it. But if Cheyenne’s not standing a lot right now, that’s probably because she needs a lot of rest. She’s injured and she needs a lot of rest to get better.

      How will I know when she is in pain? This is an excellent question. I’d like to write more about this. One way you will know she is in pain is if she is licking her bandages. She is probably doing that because there is some irritation. You will need to get her to her veterinarian if this happens. The veterinarian will determine what the problem is. You can read my post about that, too.

      How do you keep the splint dry when she pees (it runs down the splint)? The doctors should have instructed you to put plastic bags on her legs when you go our, or sold you doggie booties. In fact, they should have put little plastic bags on her legs before she even left the hospital. I’m guessing they didn’t. My posts right improvements in technology will show you. This is extremely important. Serious infections can occur if this is not done. EVERY SINGLE TIME, even if just out from the car to the animal hospital. Since they didn’t sell you the booties, go out to the supermarket and buy little trash can bags and get some bandaging waterproof tape. I show in my post how my parents put it on my leg. My parents also started putting a sock on first, then the bootie or bag over it. My doctors were happy with that, too.

      This is a good question to put to Cheyenne’s doctors. I’m a male dog and this plastic bag goes without saying.

      Why do we have to wait 3 weeks to change the splint? I’m not sure. This is what my doctors told my parents about me, and I started chewing on my splint before that time. Which meant a trip to the animal hospital. This is a good question to write on a piece of paper and to ask the doctors.

      We are soooo scared we are going to hurt her or even mess her leg up even worse.
      I get confused when I talk to her vets because each one tells me something different. Don’t get me wrong, we LOVE her vets. They saved my daughters baby!!!

      You can like your vets as they saved your dog’s life but you have to determine for yourself if the care is completely adequate. My parents figured a few things out for themselves and told the vets about their ideas and the vets were enthusiastic. Once Luca’s mom had a lot of questions for the vet but there was another animal emergency and they didn’t give Luca’s mom enough time to ask her questions. There are always gaps that you will have to fill in and you can feel good about that – but bring your questions to the vet.

      If information from one vet conflicts with information from another, you will need resolution.

      If there is a larger 24-hour animal care emergency hospital nearby, you may want to go there at some point such as for a bandage change and compare treatments. Those larger hospitals tend to get specialists.

      But i feel we have more questions than answers. Can you help… i’ll try! My first question is: What information is it that you are getting different versions of from different vets at the same animal hospital?

      Joey

  12. My daughters’ dog was hit and killed this evening right before her eyes. She was standing in the yard (she lives a few miles outside a small town) with one of her dogs on a leash. The car came into her yard and hit and killed her beloved Blue Heeler Grace. Not only that, this dog was given to her by her father to replace the Blue Heeler that had been hit ON CHRISTMAS Day 2008 by a hit and run driver. She does not know why the woman drove in this manner. She asked her (hysterically, of course) but got no reply. Now I’m wondering if the woman was on a cell phone. I will ask my daughter (she’s not answering at the moment) if she noticed this.

    My daughters’ home sits at a cross-road where you would expect people would slow down for anyway. But NOT HERE!

    • Mickie, Oh no! Oh, your poor daughter to have this loss, and to witness it, and your unfortunate Grace. Why did this woman drive like this! My mom says this is a case for the police. Maybe my mom will write, too.

      On my website I write a lot about people making sure their dogs don’t get loose and run out into the streets. But this was not the case in your situation. It is very sad and your poor daughter will be anguishing for a long time. Maybe she will have bad dreams at night. I hope that you and her other dogs will be able to give her some comfort. (And I am sure that it is upsetting for you too.) I am sure that your daughter’s other dogs will be able to smell that she is anguishing, and will offer her a lot of comfort. Maybe they will sleep on her bed tonight to offer her comfort?

      I know how much people love their dogs, and how much children love their dogs, and I hear that Grace was an especially special dog to your daughter. This is very sad.

      I don’t drive but my mom does and I know that when she is driving she is very careful about safety, hers, mine, and everybody’s. It is sad that there are people who are not as careful. Or possibly the woman had become ill?

      Thank you for writing to me and I am very sad about your loss. Please give your daughter a little love from me!

      Joey

  13. Last Friday, Feb. 18th, 2011, my husband, Nathan, had our three dogs out on our 4 acre property. Our house is a pretty ways off the road and my husband was working in the garage. The next thing he noticed was Silo (our 7 1/2 yr old) cocker spaniel was yelpping and Nathan came running out of the garage and saw a white van in our driveway and Silo just laying there on the gravel. The van driver had a passenger and they were there to sell meat, and my husband swooped Silo up and asked the meat sellers to hang out at the house so he could come back and get their names while he took the dog to the vet. (which they didn’t stay) Silo was rushed to the vet and the vet said that it was the best worst-case sinario for a dog that was just hit by a car. His left femur bone would not stay in the socket so he had to have surgery. He stayed at the vet all weekend and my husband also cried all weekend. Today, Silo had the surgery and Nathan and I stopped by the vet’s office to see how he was doing and technicians said the surgery went fine, but Silo was still extremly groggy from the anestetia. They had removed the ball of Silo’s back left leg and hopefully the musles will keep the femur up in the socket. Can you send me any information about this kind of surgery and the post-op instructions. Thank you.

    • Andora,

      Thank you for telling me about Silo’s accident and about your and your husband’s love for Silo. You and Silo are all lucky. I assume that when you are asking about information and instructions, you refer to instructions for you? How you can care for Silo once you bring Silo back home? When will you be bringing Silo back home?

      By the way, my mom cried too, but she didn’t let me see her crying. And it’s a good thing too!!

      I don’t know about this particular injury or surgery. What I can say is that dogs are amazing (of course!) and very resilient. I, for example, with my plate and 9 pins in my leg, am running several miles each day, and this at the age of 11 going on 12!) The best thing for you to do is to have good communication with Silo’s doctor. Perhaps the doctor is correct that good muscle development will get Silo up and going again, good as new.

      Does the doctor give you any idea of what to expect from Silo? I would say that, and this is difficult, that you can be cautiously optimistic.

      And I will always say that when you bring Silo home from the doctor, remember to give her glucosamine/chondroiten every day so his bones can heal.

      If you’d like to check in again with me after Silo comes home, I’d be very happy to communicate with you.

      One thing: Silo will be a happy dog, no matter what. Silo will be happy to have the family he has, no matter what.

      Your friend,

      Joey

  14. My dog Minion is a husky lab mix, 8 months old, approximately 50 lbs was hit by a semi truck this evening. Luckily he’s still alive, but I had no way of getting him to see a vet because the area we live in doesn’t have a 24 hour emergency room for pets. I believe he’s broken his back, but I’m not quite sure since I’m not a Dr. I have been doing a little reasearch trying to figure out what’s going to happen but I’m coming up empty. (until I found your blog)
    He is trying to act normal. He’s trying to move, get up, chase the kids around.I know he’s in a lot of pain because if I go to touch the area he was hit on, he growls at me. I’m surprised he has the same spirit as he normally does. I had him set up in the living room where I could keep an eye on him when I was cooking dinner and dealing with the kids, but as soon as it was time for me to go to my room, he whined until I brought him in with me. He’s still not happy because he’s not in his usual spot at the foot of the bed:(
    I don’t know how soon you’ll get this, but please keep my Minion in your thoughts. I know its goi.g to be a tough road for him and I thin.k itwill help to know that there is someone who has been through a similar situation .
    Thank you,
    Heather Smith and Minion.

  15. I’ve been reading your blog all night and just came to the part about approaching dogs. I think you should add in there, that sometimes, dogs think their humans are playing with them when they get free. Minion would let me got close but not close enough to grab him, then he’d dart off. He was too fast for me and before I even knew it, he was struck by the semi truck. It hit his tail end. The driver didn’t stop, but he did blow his horn when he saw him, it happened so fast. He, like you made his way all the way home. He didn’t walk, but he scooted on his butt with his legs dragging beside him.

    Right now, he whines every 45 minutes or so, trying to move to get comfortable. But, he calms down when I give him a scratch behind the ears. I wish there was something else I could do to make him more comfortable though. The pain has to be excruciating. I have him laying on a big blanket, that’s how I was able to get him into the bedroom. If he’s home tomorrow, I’ll get him in the kennel (crate)

    Thank you Joey and Joeys mom for this blog. You’ve given me a slight hope that Minion will be ok.

    • Heather, My mom and I will keep Minion in our thoughts. You will have to get him to the vet first thing in the morning, though. As soon as you get the kids off to school. Please keep us informed, when you have a chance. First thing, though, is to take care of the kids and Minion.

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