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We took her to the vet and surgery was recommend. After visiting several orthopedic surgeons we learned that amputation might be better for the dog than surgery.
We took her back to the original vet and he assured us that he could save the leg and that Maggie wouldn't suffer any prolonged pain. So, Maggie now has two pins in her shoulder and is resting comfortably on the couch. In 7 weeks she should be walking normally again with a full range of motion in her shoulder.
Ya know, I consider myself to be one of those macho guys. Ya don't see a doctor until ya can't stand the pain. If ya smash yer finger ya tape it up and move on. Broke a rib? Engine block fell on ya? Duct tape it and cowboy up.
Hearing that dog whine every time she moved tore me up. I woke my horse vet up at 3:13 A.M. so I could get pain pills for the dog. Ya know what? He came over to the house at 4:14 A.M. and knowing that he cared that much made tears run down my cheeks. So much for that macho thing huh...
<added /> Maggie is wearing a tee shirt to cover the bandages and stitches and her right leg is taped up to prevent movement. Seeing her hop over to me so I can scratch her ears still makes my eyes watery. And yeah, I cried when the kid shot Old Yeller. ;)
Hope Maggie's better soon... I was amazed at how quickly a cat I once had healed up with a pinned femur. (I think the elizabethan collar she had to wear bothered her more than the leg!)