While we were in Hell Creek, Skittlez fell down the steps of the motor home and banged into the door. I, of course, fell apart because I didn’t know if her leg was broken or not and we were out in the middle of no where.
She cried a little bit and was limping but she could walk on it so we figured it wasn’t broken. I gave her one of Scooter’s pain pills (for her back) and an hour later she seemed good to go.
Every so often though, she would either start limping or would yelp when we picked her up or she jumped down from someplace. When we finally got back to Billings, we made an appointment to take her in and get her checked. We had to drop her off at 8:00 in the morning and we didn’t get her back until almost 3:00 in the afternoon. What a terribly long day we had.
The good news is she’s back to almost perfect again. She had dislocated her shoulder but not completely so it was slipping and it only hurt sometimes. The vet manipulated it back into place. He showed us her x-rays and it seems that dachshunds have very shallow, almost flat, shoulder joints so it is really easy for them to dislocate it. He said to keep her calm (yea right!) and on pain pills for ten days and she should be just fine.
I thought the vet was going to try and keep her. He must have told me four times what a marvelous dog she was, how well behaved, how healthy she was, and that he could tell she was spoiled ( ya think?) but in a good way. Needless-to-say she came home with her Mama.