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My puppy was hit by a car! I'm heartbroken :-(

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On Friday afternoon my 5 month old terrier mix pup ran past by father as he walked out the side gate an into the street. When my father called her back she was hit. The car didn't even stop.

I worked the night before and was still sleeping. I woke to her screaming and immediately brought her to the vet. They did xrays and she has a pretty badly fractured pelvis. A fractured ilium.

My vet is not an emergency vet and the only one open was 45 mins away. My vet told me to bring her there immediately. Once there she was treated for shock. I showed them the x-rays my vet had taken, she had given them to me on a disc, they told me she needed a $6,000 surgery. Without the surgery she would probably have a limp if she heals properly.

They wanted to keep her there for the weekend to monitor her. This would cost $880. I'm only an ER tech and it is killing me that I can't afford this. The vet was kind enough to say she will keep her for a few hours to get more fluids in her but I would have to sign her out AMA. They were worried about the shock. I knew once I got her home she would be okay, and so I did.

Not long after getting home she started to perk up. She drank water and ate a bowl of food. I was sooo happy! She was wagging her tail and licking my face! But she was still in alot of pain. She is on strict "crate rest" for the next 8 weeks so she can heal properly. She is on pain medication but getting her up to use the bathroom is hard. She wont go when I take her out but she will sometimes go on herself because she is afraid to get up.

i dont know what to do I feel so bad! she was all I thought about at work last night.... how can I make this process easier for her? she wasn't fully housebroken before the accident... i need help :-(

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Hi and am so sorry about your pup.

Have you asked the Vet to give you further suggestions to help ease the pain and/or suggestions about going to the bathroom?

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I called yesterday and apparently i called during emergency hours... the Vet couldnt come to the phone but she said she asked they vet and they just said take her out more often.... so that doesn't really help.

Tomorrow I'm going to my primary to ask my more pain meds as I'm running out...

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Well, I totally understand your anxiety with all of this.

I also understand "taking out more often", too.

Did they suggest anything to make stools softer?

Hopefully others who are well-versed in this will come along and help you.

(((HUGS))) mamaxmiria

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Check with the vet but I read somewhere about using a towel like a sling to lift her into a standing position but non-weight bearing? I am so sorry that she was hurt and wish you both the best.

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Yes have tried using a towel like a sling but she is still so scared....I think she wont go if someone is touching her...but have to keep her steady

it's difficult because she is still a puppy and were going threw the stages of housebreaking her when the accident happened... She was at the point she knows I get upset if she goes in the house and just grasping the idea of going outside... now thats all down the drain...

at this point i dont care if she urinates in the house, I'm just happy she is going at all... I just wish it wasnt so painful for her.

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hugs to u and your furry friend.......... at this stage in the game i would not even bring her outside. too painful for her...........get some newspapers/puppy pads and let her go on there. reassure her that it is ok since she knows u do not like this. when she starts to feel better u can work on the going outside thing. the towel idea is a good one....... use it like a sling to hoist her up gently. think of it this way, u would not ask a patient with a newly fractured pelvis to do things the conventional way, correct? so think outside the box about how u can keep her comfy til she starts to feel better. hand in there, it sounds as if the first cpl weeks will be the hardest.

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Have you tried calling other vets? I know the emergency vet places can be outrageous, but maybe there are some other "normal" vets that can do what yours can't cheaper than the emergency place. Try checking with the SPCA/Humane League for resources. Hope your puppy heals well.

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i agree with those whos advise not to worry about any type of training now.

her comfort is the first priority.

do you think the pain meds are helping her?

if not, don't hesitate to ask for something stronger.

and yes, if she's getting a med that may be constipating, ask about input for that as well.

poor baby.

give her lots of cuddles and kisses for me.

leslie

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On Friday afternoon my 5 month old terrier mix pup ran past by father as he walked out the side gate an into the street. When my father called her back she was hit. The car didn't even stop.I worked the night before and was still sleeping. I woke to her screaming and immediately brought her to the vet. They did xrays and she has a pretty badly fractured pelvis. A fractured ilium. Omg I am crying reading this ! Look at http://www.carecredit.com/ it is a no I in tress lone for doctor and vet bills .They do make a dog sling and even a dog wheelchair . But please keep calling the vet tell you get more pain meds for her . They can also put her out they had to do this to my dog after surgery because in was in so much pain they keeped him out for 4 days .I woder is there is a way to put a foley in a dog ?

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