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    DefaultOur 1 year old chocolate jumped out the truck window 4 hours ago, hurt badly....

    Our fault. She saw a squrrell.
    Our job to keep her safe and we failed her.

    Took her to the vet emergency room..

    Broken arm.

    Broken Hip.

    Two choices...

    We can pay for the surgery, or kill her.

    We'll have Surgery to put plates and screws in her hip tomorrow morning. Hoping for the best.

    Anybody out there been through this?

    Not looking for absolution.

    How can we help her recover?

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    OMG - I am so sorry. Poor dog. I am glad she survived the accident and that you have elected to go with the surgery. I have not been through this myself, but at least one other member here has had a serious break with a young dog.

    You will have to keep her on crate rest primarily for quite some time while she heals and leash walk her only for potty breaks. She is very young so she should heal quickly. I would also start her on glucosamine chondroitin as soon as you can.
    Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.

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    I would strongly suggest not putting her down. If you can't pay for the surgery or medical care needed start reaching out and looking for someone who might be willing to help or adopt??


    One thing I have learned is to always make sure your windows are locked with the child protection. Both my lab and golden have rolled the window down with their paw and I was lucky to catch it in time. Now it is always locked and I control how far the window goes down for them.


    My golden made it out of my wife's vehicle once but luckily she was only going 10mph or less(she rolled the window down with her paw). She tumbled down the side of the ditch, bounced up and looked at her with a stupid grin and came over wagging her tail and wanting to play. Now they only ride in the back of her SUV where the windows do not roll down and if they are in my truck I lock all the windows.



    As far as recovery it just is going to take time and whatever the vet recommends for physical therapy. I have never had a dog with a broken bone **knock on wood** so I am unsure what the recovery treatment is for that.


    Good luck, keep us posted on what happens.
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    The best thing to do to keep your dog in the car is using a harness on them and strapping them in. I just bought a pair for my dogs. They should be able to lie down in the car and be comfortable, but will not be able to go out a window or be thrown around the interior in case of an accident.

    Or crate them in the car.
    Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.

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    Thanks for the replies...

    Looks like $5,000.00 to $7,000.00 for the surgery and $1500.00 for the hospital stay.

    We'll find a way.

    She would do it for us if she could.

    As hurt as she was she still wagged for the doctor.

    I feel so bad.
    I feel so bad.
    She trusted us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmingin View Post
    Thanks for the replies...

    Looks like $5,000.00 to $7,000.00 for the surgery and $1500.00 for the hospital stay.

    We'll find a way.

    She would do it for us if she could.

    As hurt as she was she still wagged for the doctor.

    I feel so bad.
    I feel so bad.
    She trusted us.
    Aw. Don't beat yourself up. You can't prevent every bad thing in life. I consider myself a very responsible dog owner yet I had a dog who took off after a squirrel and got hit by a car. Fortunately she had a very minor injury but it could have been traumatic.

    Did the vet tell you about Care Credit? Its designed for medical emergencies.
    Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.

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    Murphy In happier Days...

    Good Dog..


    Murphy.jpg


    We see the surgeon tomorrow 7:45 am.

    How will she eat if she can't stand?

    How will I get her outside without hurting her?

    B.
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    I am so sorry! I lost my dog earlier this summer as he took off for a rabbit as my sister was turning the corner to come up our driveway. Traumatic, and it is so easy to feel so guilty. My poor sister too feels so guilty. 9 years of loving him and I really consider him still to have been a very well behaved dog, it is their instinct that gets them. We can't really get that out of them.

    I also had the experience with that same dog of a serious back injury (he was a corgi-long back, he twisted his back playing) I can tell you you will never regret doing what you can to help them live comfortably, we went from not knowing if he would live/walk to four more years of him leading an almost normal life, I agree with the glucosamine and also invest in high quality food, it makes a huge difference with their joints.
    I am hoping for the best outcome for you all. You will find what works as far as helping Murphy in and out and up and down, and your bond will become that much stronger for it.
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    We'll be sending good thoughts for you and Murphy! Hope the surgery goes well!



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    In many ways, Dogs are much better than people.

    Unlimited Loyalty and Devotion,

    All thay ask in return is a hug and a bowl of food.

    Some people think I'm silly. Just an animal they say.

    I'm 60 years old and this is our fifth chocolate lab...

    Ginger
    Hershey
    Kahlua
    Mocha
    Murphy

    Got Ginger the year we were married, 35 years ago, (she was the runt of the litter)

    Now some tell me just put her down and get another dog.

    Use the money we save to go on vacation.

    Some way to repay loyalty and devotion huh?

    B.

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