Here’s a mental exercise: hold an imaginary pretzel between two hands and try to break it in just one place.
Anyone who has been around vets or doctors long enough knows what I’m leading up to: Yup, multiple pelvic fractures.
I literally cannot believe that Clue can WALK, much less run around for a week and a half on this pelvis.
If you picture an OFA x-ray, the worst break is immediately below the left hip socket (so on the film it’s the socket on the right). This is causing the left hip to subluxate badly; it’s about a third of the way out of the socket.
The second big break is in the pubic (if that’s what they call them in dogs) bone, which is broken away from the larger structure and separated by about half an inch.
There are two more possible breaks–you can see “daylight” through them, so they are either fractures or very big subluxations/dislocations. One is where the ilium attaches to the sacrum and one is in the ischium.
In other words, OW OW OW OW OW. Poor dog.
The good news is that she’s very, very sore but is weight-bearing and is not crying. The other good news is that while the fractures are BIG, the pelvis itself is not horribly deformed. The bad news is that there’s a lot of bone separation. My vet thinks that surgery is in the cards; I’ll be calling an osteo vet tomorrow. The REALLY bad news is that the kennel is making noise about not being liable and not wanting to pay for it. It is my fervent hope that they just mean that they don’t want me racking up thirty grand in physio and acupuncture, which is legitimate, not that they actually won’t pay for the surgery. If they really won’t, we’ll approach our house insurance since this was a direct result of the fire (this is a real longshot, but she IS a “content” of the house). If both say no, we’ll make it happen, but this really sucks.
The ONLY priority is making sure she lives a long and pain-free life. In terms of what this will do to her career as a show dog or breeding bitch, we’re not even going there right now. I just need to know that she’s safe and comfortable.