So I'm home from the vet. Yes, just me. Tango had to stay for the day. Remember when I said she feel about 1.5 years ago? Well, it likely caused a small tear in her ACL on her left hind leg.
Now that it's gone so long, her ACL is completely ruptured. She has massive swelling, and the vet was shocked that she was able to walk at all.
I feel SOOOOOO bad. How could I not have noticed this for over a year?!?
Well, actually I did notice. She's been limping off and on the whole time. I just couldn't bear to see it anymore.
The only things I can find comfort in are that she's been to the vet 3 times now since the fall (for regular checkups and to have her teeth cleaned) and this wasn't discovered. So obviously it's gotten worse recently, or it would have been diagnosed sooner.
And the second thing is the vet was actually in shock at how well Tango was behaving. Vet was manipulating her back leg, and Tango just lay there. No flinching, no sound, not even a tiny wiggle. The vet said that she's never been able to do that unless a dog was under sedation. Apparently it's incredibly painful.
So Tango has been in probably extreme pain for months now, and just never even let me know.
I did give her Metacam on the really bad days....which meant she didn't want to jump onto her "spot" on the sofa, or that she was limping a little after breakfast. The rest of the time things seemed OK.
But I can't even begin to describe how horrible I feel.
They are keeping her to do x-rays. They need to determine if surgery is even an option at this point. It might be so bad that surgery won't even fix it anymore. I'm not really sure what our options would be at that point. But I should have her back home today, so I'll keep you all posted.
My poor baby Tango!!!