(First of all, don’t worry, she’s okay, nothing too serious happened.)
Three to four weeks ago I noticed Caramel was tentative about putting pressure on her front left leg.
She was eating and taking treats from me and wasn’t in any great pain, so I didn’t rush her to the v e t s. Roughly 24 hours later and it was all fine again. No biggie.
But on Friday I noticed it had come back (same leg) and was much worse. You could hear her hopping about heavily on only three legs, while lifting up the injured one and tucking it under her. Again, she was happily eating and taking treats. She never hid away from people in a dark corner, and her eyes were still bright.
I left it 24 hours like last time, and her leg got marginally better but Caramel still held it up off the floor. I contemplated over taking her to the v e t s, but left it overnight just in case it healed. This morning (Sunday) it was barely noticeably better, so we decided to take her to Vets4Pets.
The vet was very kind and calm, he held her gently and inspected her front legs carefully, comparing the good leg with the bad one. Somehow, Caramel managed to stay calm (except from puffing her nose indignantly at him) and didn’t panic, until he slowly stretched her injured leg and tested her shoulder. Then she let out peal after peal of squawks and other painful noises. She stopped after he finished checking her spine, but she tried desperately to get back inside her carrier (difficult when it’s closed).
The vet told us (my mother had come along too) that Caramel had probably strained her shoulder a bit, then it healed a bit and now she had strained it again.
I was given medicine to giver her once a day for a weak, and try and keep her as rested as possible. She can’t go out in the run or have the ladder in the hutch for a fortnight to avoid further straining. After the meds and rest time is over, she should be back to normal and the problem shouldn’t occur again. The good thing is she’s happy and doesn’t need to be separated from Nutmeg (who was rather puzzled by the whole ordeal).
I’ll update you on her leg when she comes off her medication.
Until next time,