Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend

Enjoying the lake!

A cookout!

Yeah, we didn't do any of those fun activities. Sure wish I had gone to work on Friday though. As you can see, Reagan dislocated a toe. I have been there and done that before, but this really is adding insult to injury (or should I say adding injury to my already insulted dog).

If malabsorption and losing hair wasn't bad enough, this certainly is the icing on the big, fat, &%$!# cake. Can it get any worse? Yep, it does.

After doing some agility on Friday, Reagan was fetching a toy when suddenly she came back to me limping. Dang it!

Once Reagan was home, it was quickly obvious that it was a busted toe. With the old and retired, I tend to just amputate the toe because the recovery is quick, but with the young and in training, I want to save the toe.

I have not had a young greyhound dislocate a toe since Travis probably 6 or 7 years ago. I took him to the Auburn vet school and Dr. Rob Gillette, sports medicine vet, injected it with schleroising agents. A splint was then applied so as the scar tissue forms, the toe is in the correct position. Travis had to have it done a second time, but the toe held up great for agility and never gave us another problem.

Also over the years, one of the vets I use that Southeastern Greyhound Adoption also uses has learned to surgically correct dislocated toes by sewing the collateral ligaments back together. Toe surgery is not common to small animal practices. I was able to get an appointment for later that afternoon. Dr. Toby confirmed that it was dislocated and I expressed my desire to have it fixed.

As luck would have it, not only were we starting a 3 day weekend, but Toby was going to be out of town for a full week. The decision was made to do surgery now since it would not be good for the toe to wait a week.

Toby gave Reagan a sedative so she could start settling down in the exam room. Reagan proceeded to cry and whine as the sedative took effect. She was a terrible drunk and fighting the effects.

Toby used anesthesia that normally gives you a short window in which to do surgery and then the patient quickly wakes up and is walking around a half hour later. Surgery was done in 10 minutes and the waking up process began.

We placed Reagan on a blanket on the floor at about 6 PM. As she started to wake up, she began crying and barking. She paddled, struggled, and swung her head around. This continued for an hour. Most dogs are up and about at this point. We took Reagan outside and tried to stand her up. She couldn't stand, but would try to bolt and run away.

We brought Reagan back inside and laid her down. Toby gave her some Ace to try and relax her as she continued to come out of anesthesia. Immediately, Reagan's face began to break out in hives. Toby gave her some Benedryl and Reagan's face returned to normal.

Toby and I were dumbfounded and just could not believe this was happening. Its not a good thing when you vet is saying "They never do this." I'm all about shattering greyhound stereotypes, but this is not what I had in mind.

We decided it would be best to just get her home and in a crate. Reagan rode home just fine and was quiet. Stephen and I placed her in a crate. After a few minutes, barking, howling, and crying ensued, but she still could not stand up or walk. I was able to get her to pee by supporting her with a towel around her waste. After 4 hours of barking and crying, Reagan finally fell asleep at 10:30 PM. What an ordeal!

Here is a short video of Reagan at home at around 9 PM. It is so weird. Notice the tail wag between barks.

Reagan was fine the next morning........ but she still has to be spayed, scheduled for June 11th :-(.


Maria Peters said...

Yah. How gut wrenching is that?? Very frustermarating!!! So glad to hear she came out ok. The Memorial Day Memory.

Scott said...

Wow, that's crazy. I hope everything is back to normal now!

cindi said...

We had bad luck with sclerosing. The surgery is an interesting option though if the ligaments aren't trashed - normally my experience is they get trashed depending on the severity of the dislocation!

It's interesting how GH react to different experiences like that. Are you sure she wasn't being a drama-pup for attention and making her go through such an ordeal???

Hiking Hounds said...

Poor Reagan! She has been having a rough time between her digestion, fur, and now toe. Glad she has recovered from this last episode!


Katie said...

Man that sounds like a whole bunch of not much fun. You're looking forward to that spay, I'm sure.

Sientay L said...

Poor girl! I'm glad she's feeling better.

BrittBeah said...

Bless her poor little toes. I hope everything heals well.
About the seditave used...I never use Ace in my guys. Miss Gypsey had a really bad reaction last year, she peed bright red for a week! I read up on Ace. and greys can have reactions to this. If I remember correctly especially the girls.
I like Propafol in my guys to sedate for anything. I place an IV cath. and you only give enough for effect. They do have to be tubed and gased to stay under (if not they wake up in about 5 min) but they wake up so well. If you need something for pain and added happy drugs I will use Torb. I really don't like my guys to be drugged for so long. There is no need in it.

Bless her, it is so hard for us as pet owners to watch them wake up from anesthesia. I always wonder what goes through their heads as they are all drugged up. I know they never remember that part, but I always do. I let Trixie's surgery doc. pic her anesthesia for her ortho. surgery last month, I don't think I'll do that again. It took a very long time for her to wake up and it was similar to what sweet Reagan went through. A lot of vets get comfy with their anesthesia protocal and have a hard time trying new things. My opinion on the matter is that not all dogs need the same sedative.

KF-in-Georgia said...

Poor Reagan! "Mom, I hurt my toe! How come the rest of me isn't working right?"

During a routine dental for Sam, I got a call from the vet that started, "Sam's okay now, but..." Turns out, the boy has ketamine seizures.

Who knew?

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Cindi, she is definitely a drama pup. I'm hoping she wasn't full aware of what she was doing and will forget it ever happened.... please, please, please.

Katie, can't wait for the spay to be over. Please, please, please let it go smoothly and without drama.

Britt, I definitely do not know much about what would be the best protocal. For the last 10 years, Toby has probably done 5 - 10 greyhound surgeries a week. Due to time constraints, I know that he did not do his normal protocal on Reagan. I'll definitely be discussing what the spay plan is beforehand though. Its funny you mention Ace. He was also warned of the effects of Ace in vet school and so he avoided it. But he was having trouble with SEGA greyhounds over heating and the other option was really too expensive. So he called Georgia vet school to ask and they told him "oh, yeah, we use Ace all the time on greyhounds". So Toby has every since with not probs.

Thanks everyone!


Tasha said...

Go figure, my greyhound JoJo pulled something in her right front pinkie toe this weekend! It's not dislocated or broken, thank goodness, but she sure does have a diva limp!

I hope Reagan is back to normal soon, and the spay goes well.

Anonymous said...

Poor Reagan! Poor you!! I hope the toe heels well, LOTS of healing whtie light her way!!

Bridgette comes out of anesthesia similarly, no matter what we've used (once for spay when she was almost 2, once to pull a tooth last year). The crying, howling, drunk acting. It's just awful. I always thought the howling and crying were related to her "upbringing", her total fear of being without control and without a way to protect herself by flight if necessary.

Good luck with her spay! Maybe a different cocktail?

Sharron in TN

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Thanks for all the good thoughts and stories.


Todd said...

Even though it was a hassle, going to Toby for the fix was the right thing to do. He fixed Everett's toe way back when and he's gotten 10 LCM's since. Not too shabby!

Mielikki's Hunt said...

why did you work to save the toe vs taking it off? I ask because I removed it on my top racing bitch, and it hasn't slowed her down, granted, ti wasn't a weight bearing toe, (outside toe, show side, front).

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

MH, One thing I never do for dislocated toes is conservative therapy. I never do the wrapping for 8 weeks and see what happens. It rarely works. If they are young, I try to save the toe especially since we have good access to vets that are willing to do the repair and its not very expensive.

If the hound is older, like Katie and Stacker, I prefer to just lop it off because they can bounce right back.