On Saturday afternoon, Sep. 5, my husband and I were driving home. While driving I looked over and saw a little dog laying on the side of the Interstate next to the concrete divider. After circling back and marking were it was laying we pulled off on the frontage road and my husband ran across the Interstate and grab the dog. I saw that the right back leg was broken, and she had some raod rash, and the broke leg was covered in fire ants. We decided to try to call the vet, but couldn't get hold any of them with it being a holiday weekend. So we talked to a vet tech and she told us to splint the broke leg and what to watch for for internal bleeding. So we got the ants off the dogs leg and loaded her into the car in my husbands lap. We went to the store and got the stuff to splint the leg and took her to my fathers shop. We cleaned up the bad leg and splinted it. This dog never growled, or snapped. She was the sweetest thing. We gave her water which she drank it all down, and than we fed her and she ate. She was really thin. We suspected that both back legs were broken and maybe her hips because she wouldn't put any wait on them. Over the weekend we changed the bandages, bathed her, cause she was really stinky, and kept a constant supply of food and water. By Monday we started to see some personality coming out. She is under a year old and a curious pup. Tuesday I couldn't find a vet that would take her in for less than an arm and a leg. We couldn't afford to spend a huge amount of money at the vet. Well I finally talked to a vet that agreed to see her within the small amount of money we had. We were either going to try and save her with what little we had, or have her put down so she wouldn't suffer. We wanted to save her, but also knew that could cost way more than we have. They saw her today and did an xray for nothing. It turns out that the leg we splinted has a major break, the vet said we were doing a great job splinting the leg and keeping it stable, and her other leg has 2 fractures, and her hip has a small fracture. The vet said he knows we didn't have a lot so he gave us the supplies to tend to her leg and said if we keep splinting the leg like we have been, and splint the other leg, she should heal on her own and be able to walk again. The vet charged us almost nothing for everything. We got some antibiotics for the road rash, and some pain killers. He said other than that she looked good. So we are going to continue to care for her and take her to the vet weekly for check ups, and see how see does. The vet has high hopes she will heal well, and she is already moving better than she was on Saturday. Keep her in your thoughts:)We named her Dusty.
Bless you for taking this baby in. She is very lucky to have found you
We had a Boston that broke his leg (many years ago) and my husband used a piece of PVC pipe to splint it. He cut the pipe a little longer than the dogs leg and it was great for him to walk around and keep weight off of it. We have a wooden deck and he sounded like Peg-Leg Joe walking around on the deck with that pipe.
It worked out great and he healed just fine.
Hope Dusty does well...thoughts and prayers your way and thank you for being so kind to her.
Best of luck!
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What a great story, and Bless your heart for taking in this sweetheart! I think it is awesome that the vet really worked with you on the budget you had. Dusty is going to be so happy to be part of your family.
Animals, what animals? My children just have alot of hair!
wow.. That's really sweet and kind of you. I hope Dusty gets better and better each day. She's so lucky to have you. And, even with less money, what's important is your love and carress for dear Dusty.
This is such a wonderful thing bless you for saving her and their right it doesn't take money to be able to love you are her hero's andto me very special people,thank you for what you've done.My thoughts and prayers are with you all,i wish you all the best and i hope she'll be better soon.
This is my one pug noah,my other rescue,he is blind and deaf but a love.
Thanks for the kind words:) Dusty is doing great. The road rash she has on her back leg is healing great, and she is getting a little more movement in her back legs everyday. This weekend she has just blossomed into such a loving dog. She uses her front legs to balance and walk on her front legs to follow us around the house or shop. Our whole family and friends have fallen in love with this little girl. She is on a healing well, and we are blessed to have this little girl in our home. I'll keep everyone posted on her recovery.
We should strive to be the kind of people our dogs think we are.