Elvis - A Lighted Candle

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Author:  Di [ Fri May 11, 2007 1:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Presley

I just wanted to let the group know that Presley broke his leg this morning. Has anyone had any experience with an animal breaking his leg?

They gave me 2 options but think it would be best for him to have surgery which is costly but that is not the problem. I just do not like putting hm under. I had a dog go brain dead on me once and I have a fear of it.



Author:  MaryInTheMorning [ Fri May 11, 2007 5:29 pm ]
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Di I'm so sorry to hear that sweet little Presley broke his leg. :( I'm so sorry that I can't help you out with any advice as far as an animal breaking its leg, but I will be praying that Presley will heal and recover very soon. I will also pray that you have comfort and peace of mind in this very trying time that you are going through. :)

Author:  Wanda June Hill [ Fri May 11, 2007 7:01 pm ]
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Hi, yes! The little toy poodle puppy that Elvis gave to my daughter when she was 4 years old broke her front leg when she jumped from Starla's arms and one foot landed on the sidewalk and the others on the grass. That was a short fall and she was about 4 months old and tiny. She had a cast on her leg for several weeks-she was in severe pain from the break and I held it in place for nearly an hour and a half waiting for the vet to get back to his office from lunch and then she had to wait in a cage with her leg just splinted until she came out of "shock"...what kills them is being sedated while they are still in "shock"... Now days they have better sedation medications-you can ask for the best one though it is more expensive and you can request that.
I always do, because some vets will use the other kind because of the cost etc; for the owner. It is worth the money to get the newest and best especially dealing with tiny dogs. I would check out the vet-make sure that there is no "trainee vet" doing the surgery or the sedation handler is experienced with small dogs. ASK! If they won't say or you don't trust their answers-find another vet! Ask people you know who have pets or just go to another vet who has people in the office and ask them about their satisfaction with the vet. It's your choice and your pet-don't be shy. I too have had bad experiences with vets and sedation-one of the little dogs we rescued was a pom and he had glandular problems that needed to be removed-anal glands-kept getting infected. So we did it-we thought the vet would be good because he had a fantastic place, well equiped and lots of clients but he didn't use the good sedation stuff and the little dog came out deaf...I learned then that there was better stuff available but it cost more. I guess that because we had rescued the dog, he just felt we didn't care or else he didn't do the surgery since it was "simple and commonly done" and an easy thing-but a trainee must have been sedating that day-as our dog was not the only one who ended up deaf. We found that out later on...we changed vets and another customer whose dog was having minor surgery the same day as ours also ended up deaf. A common side affect of the old stuff if the little dogs get too much of it. Every time any animal, dog, cat, horse or human is sedated we "lose" a few brain cells-that is a fact. We and they, should NOT lose enough to make a serious difference. So ASK first but keep in mnd that if the dog has a broken leg it is in pain and it MUST be set or the dog will be crippled for life and possiblly might have to have the leg amputated due to infection and "death" of tissue from lack of blood to the broken area. It's critical for little dogs and big ones.
People as well. Best of luck. Our little poodle had no problems, she lived to be almost 15 and had to be put to sleep for her sake the same year Elvis died. Her name was Bridget's Tar Babe. She weighed 3 lbs. wjh

Author:  Di [ Sat May 12, 2007 11:46 am ]
Post subject:  Presley

Thank you for keeping him in your prayers and Wanda for the info about your little dog. I also had a poodle when I was a teenager.

I never knew going under could cause deafness. I am going to have a long talk with this specialist on Monday. Presley cried through the night but is walking and running today on 3 legs. He is in a splint. I gave him a pain pill so now he is sleeping.

He is just like a little baby to me. I am so upset and my husband was in tears.

My oldest Maltese, Snowflake, has diabetes and is blind. She does very well except last nght she took a wrong turn and fell down a flight of stairs in the house. I was so shocked I stood there with my mouth open. I couldn't even react very fast. This has never happened before.

I will keep you posted.



Author:  Amanda Viola [ Sat May 12, 2007 1:19 pm ]
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Best wishes for Presley recovery. A lot of Love's bubbles go to him and explode around in healing vibrations. Another lot go to Snowflake too.

Author:  Blue Moon [ Sat May 12, 2007 3:48 pm ]
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Di, I hope both your little dogs will be alright. Yes, please do keep us posted.

Author:  Wanda June Hill [ Sat May 12, 2007 7:12 pm ]
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Your other little dog is upset over Presley's pain etc: and in that state she was confused. They do that-tune into each other and very often when one is blind, the other one guides either by touch or "mental communication"-horses also do this. wjh

Author:  Lighthouseseeker [ Sat May 12, 2007 8:24 pm ]
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I hope your baby will get well and brand new very soon..they are prescious.. kiss the sweetie for me..

Author:  Di [ Mon May 14, 2007 6:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Presleys Surgery

The surgery went well and he is resting. My husband will pick him on early tomorrow. The Vet said it was a typical break for a small dog and they ued a growth plate in the leg becaause of his age.

The price was a shock. $2688.00. I have insurance for him but they take forever and this hospital wants payment up front. He is worth it but was expecting aboout $1500.00.

Here is a picture from yesterday: Please excuse how messy he looks


Snowflake is fine after her fall. Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers and I also have to thank Elvis because I meditated last night about him and asked for him to watch out for Presley and I just felt peace come over me.


Author:  Wanda June Hill [ Mon May 14, 2007 8:43 pm ]
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He will be fine now, they heal up so quickly and learn to get around with the cast. Our little poodle walked on her hind legs at first-she couldn't or didn't want to put any weight on the broken leg cast or not-so she walked on her hind legs and did quite well too. That lasted about 5 days then she was dragging the cast and going on 3 legs just fine. The first week I think maybe it hurts or they are afraid it will hurt so they have to get used to it and the extra weight-it isn't light to them when they are so tiny themselves. At first our poodle didn't want much to eat, she drank cool water and barely ate but we kept food for her so she could if she wanted and we had to keep her bed close by so if she whimpered in her sleep I could reach down and pet her and she was fine. I didn't want to risk her on our bed where she usually slept or with Starla on her bed either. But after the second week she was up there with help and she waited for us to pick her up to get down and up too. They are very smart-it doesn't take long and they got the routine down. As for the fee, don't worry, they will make arrangements if you ask and then your insurance can pay it off for you. They do not want to keep your dog there-believe me! They just try to get everyone to pay up and that's the tactic they use. Legally they can't keep your dog-at least not in the USA. They have to get a court paper to do it and it's not worth all that to them...some people just take their pet and disappear etc:...so they are careful to "lay down the rules" but they are flexible too. wjh

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