All was well in our household and everyone was sleeping soundly until 12:30am when Rory woke up and started rolling on her back rubbing it against the dog bed furiously. She does this a fair bit – she loves a good back rub. But this time she didn’t stop. She paced, she whimpered, she bit her tail and paced and whimpered some more. Then she started this weird howling noise, like nothing I have heard from her before and nothing I want to hear ever again. By that point we knew something was very wrong. The base of her tail was extremely sore when palpated and she just couldn’t settle.
So at 1am, we all got out of bed, dressed, put the dogs in the car and rushed off the emergency vet clinic which is about a 30 minute drive from our house. For some unknown reason we hit a traffic jam in the M5 tunnel. Apparently half of Sydney was up at 1:30am going somewhere. We battled our way through the traffic jam and finally arrived at the Animal Referral Hospital.
Rory got weighed (14.2kg! – You are on a diet missy from now on) and then went in and saw the vet. After much palpation and being poked in the ass, she was given Methadone for the pain and Metacam to bring the inflammation down. The general consensus is that she has done something to her tail, possibly got it caught or bashed it against something.
We got back home at 3am, settled Rory on the armchair as that is where she seemed the most comfortable and headed back to bed. After a bit of whimpering, Rory settled down and we all got a couple of hours sleep.
The vet from ARH called at about 9:30am to check on Rory to see how she was doing, which was incredibly sweet of her. Poor Rory is still in some pain, but that definitely has not put her off her food. As soon as she heard the dog bowls being collected, she was up and in her crate waiting. Her food (some diced kangaroo meat) was gone in seconds. She has had a walk around the backyard, growled at someone walking past the front door and is now asleep next to me. She is in a fair bit of discomfort though, so she will get a another visit to the vet’s today to get some more methadone and some anti-inflammatory medication for the next week.
We think it is possible she has Cold Tail, which she has gotten before. One of the causes of cold tail is exposure to cold water. I guess that hose bath yesterday wasn’t such a great idea.