Yesterday was one of those bloody days.
Through the night Mazikeen could not settle and all in all was moping about and generally restless through the night, making funny noises and the odd whimper. We thought, this is it, she is going to have her first season (in-heat), as some dogs react that way, but alas no. In the morning after a shocking night of sleeplessness, I discovered that her tail was sore, and was not wagging. My thoughts immediately went to a broken tail.
We have a 24/7 vet phone service that is part of her insurance, so I called them to see what they suggested. They can do a video chat so you can do a version of “show and tell”, but as with all technology that is new, it did not want to work on her side. Her first question was “has she been swimming?” which deserved an answer of “yes and no”. We had been to the beach on Thursday and she was in and out of the water, although she was soaked from top to bottom, she had not actually swum, just jumped about in the sea running after shells I was throwing in the water. Her suggestion was that it could be a swim tail or broken. I quickly explained that her tail was still wagging most of the evening, and the swim tail would be out, but a broken tail was possible. Harper is twice the weight of Mazikeen, and they do love to play rough, but usually, this means Mazikeen dominating Harper and jumping on her, but I could not recall any rough arsing about. She suggested getting her to the vets to get her tail x-rayed.
I called the vets at 8am and got an appointment later that morning. The vet felt about her tail and found two places he thought it may be broken, and took her in for x-rays and examinations. She had the first of the anaesthetic injections whilst I was there, and then I had to go so they could do their thing. Just after 12 I was called and told to come and collect her after 1:30 and the vet would chat to me about his prognosis. Duly at that time, I went to get her, and like the morning appointment, waited about for ages. Eventually, I was called into one of the rooms with a nurse who explained that she had not broken it, so that was good news, but she had badly sprained it and that she needed some rest for the next few days, no rough playing and anti-inflammatories for the next 14 days which had a little painkiller in them to take the edge off for her.
Today, her tail is wagging, not as fast as usual, and she is a little slow on her feet, but she is in good spirit. So quite an expensive day for a sprain, however, our dogs are our kids, so we do not mind spending money on them, especially health, which I seem to go overboard with.