Thursday, 15 May 2008

Thank you for all the messages and the emails. I thought id update you while i have 5 minutes to spare.
Arnie damaged his second crusher ligament in his what was then his good knee. So on Wednesday he was x-rayed and they found his spine to be perfect but the crusher damaged. Then they x-rayed his knee of the crusher ligament he had done nearly 4 weeks ago. Well, that showed the bone to have moved.
So on Wednesday at 11am he underwent 6 hours of repair surgery. They had to re-open his first leg that went wrong and place the bone back, then they started on the new knee. I was a nervous wreck all day.
Bulldogs dont take kindly to be putting out for so long. They can and do die. Its just too much for them and their hearts to take. Ive never prayed as hard as i did then. I just hoped it would be a simple op, but when i spoke to the assisting vet Michael that evening he said Arnie had both legs done and would be staying over night.
We collected him yesterday after we had a carpet laid. Yes we have beautiful wooden floors but Arnie has lost balance on them and slipped. So for 9 weeks we have to have the carpet down to help him walk better. He has to stay in the living room and i can open the side door to allow him out into the stable block for a wee and some fresh air.
I guess you are wondering how the hell he walks with 2 legs done? Well i thought the same since last time he hopped on 3. That bothered me, but believe it or not he can walk all all 4 legs. Ryk the vet told me that they cope better with both legs done than they do with one.
I tool some photos for you of Arnie so you can see the large scar and the smaller one. The smaller one is the repair to the bone.
Last night he didnt sleep well at all and wee'd on the carpet, but that cant be helped. Today is a new day and as the days goes by he will leg better. Least on the plus side he will never ever get crusher ligament damage. He now has 2 plates in the knee's.
I will try and do some atcs today while i leave him with Hubby. It will give me a break. I need a break.


Kaz Scrapz said...

Poor Arnie - bless him - I pray that he has a peaceful and pain free day. Sending loads of hugs and love xxxx Karen

Femmy said...

Oh that poor Arnie! hope he will run again soon! it's such a sweet dog!! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment!

Jaqi said...

Ah poor Arnie, What a shame bless him. I hope he will be ok, Boy all that worry you have had too you poor thing. Hope you are ok too and that you are taking it easy, take care Jaqi x