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07-Sep-2020 copyright Elizabeth Bickel

One More Thing

10 days ago, Bailey broke her foot. We don't know how. She was playing one moment & limping the next.

Because we're now limited to only doing a vet drop off, the vet put a "ready made" cast on Bailey that was meant for a 25 pound dog at the smallest. Bailey weighs 3 pounds. As soon as I took Bailey out of the carrier when she got home, I saw that she was totally panicked and in great distress. She started to fling her leg around with a cast that was about as long as she is in total!!! It was about 6 inches longer than her leg and huge.

I didn't take a photo of that cast. Instead, we immediately rushed her back to the vet for an "emergency" cast replacement. By the time we got back to the vet's office (5 minutes away), she had slipped that huge cast off her leg.

The cast seen in the above photo was then custom made to fit Bailey's tiny leg. Trying to make sure that nothing bad happened (that might require a trip to the emergency clinic), Bailey had her cast checked by the vet Saturday morning before the long weekend. But then on Sunday night, she slipped her tiny leg out of the cast in the photo. No, she didn't chew it off. Bailey isn't a chewer. There also isn't a mark on the cast. She merely slipped her leg out of all the padding. Hopefully, she doesn't harm her foot again before we can get her back to the vet again tomorrow morning & have another cast put on.

Labor Day was the very first day (since the hawk appeared on the scene back in mid July) that Bailey has been out on our deck. A few minutes on the deck was a treat because all the dogs have been confined for so long; especially Bailey who temporarily now doesn't even have free run of the house. She's a jumper & might hurt her broken foot. Nothing happened while she was out on the deck in the afternoon. However, when she went outside to quickly go potty for the last time at night, the cast came off.

2020 has been such an awful year. Last week, 5 out of 6 days were spent going back & forth to the vet with Bailey or Chile. Tomorrow, it's back to the vet again: for both Bailey and Chile.

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Carl Carbone10-Oct-2021 12:48
The things we go through with our beloved pets! Hope she's well mended by now.
larose forest photos01-Nov-2020 18:08
Oh, poor little girl. What an ordeal for both of you. She does look a bit stressed, but very brave. V
Don Mottershead09-Sep-2020 16:51
When our pets a having health problems it can be as hard, or even harder, on the humans. Hope the leg heals quickly.
Hank Vander Velde08-Sep-2020 20:30
Poor Baily. That must be super hard on her to have to wear those casts.
Karen Stuebing08-Sep-2020 19:28
Bailey looks alert and happy despite her injury. Beautiful portrait of her and her pink cast. Here's hoping it all goes well from here on out!
Dan Greenberg08-Sep-2020 18:45
I feel bad for her. I am glad you managed to get the right size cast for her. I bet she is not even thrilled with that one either.
Helen Betts08-Sep-2020 13:58
Aww, poor Bailey! She does look a bit frazzled in your capture.
Nick Paoni08-Sep-2020 12:26
Poor thing.
Range View 08-Sep-2020 11:20
Sounds like you are having a rough time at the moment Liz, lets hope things improve soon.