Final tally: six fractures and one dislocation. The left side of the pelvis is actually independent (broken off from) the right side. BUT (squeee of happiness) it should heal on its own without surgery. The ortho vet felt that since two weeks had gone by since the car accident, he’d be chiseling away so much new bone growth that he’d “do more harm than good.”
She is neurologically intact, and while the achilles tendon feels like it took a beating (it’s thickened and swollen) there’s no tearing.
And, miracle indeed, he feels that IF the repeat x-ray in ten weeks–after eight weeks of STRICT (he put it in all-caps) rest–doesn’t show any narrowing of the pelvic outlet (and he doesn’t think it will) she can safely be bred.
He DOES think she’s going to experience some arthritis and that one hip is going to heal a little bit dislocated. So she can have as much free play as she wants once it’s healed, but she shouldn’t go out for major agility stuff. She can still track and herd, though.
I even got a hip eval to boot :). He said that he wouldn’t send the hips to OFA because they’d just fail her on the dislocation (and that he dislikes OFA for these guys anyway) but in his opinion the uninjured one is good and deep and round and proper for the breed.
This is just the best news I could possibly get. That, plus a very cool thing that I hope to be able to talk about as it is finalized (maybe even this week) has me feeling like a thousand-pound weight is off my shoulders.
That’s the short story. The long one is on its way :).
Here’s one of the x-rays, by the way. The five largest fractures are labeled.