|Barked: Thu Dec 20, '12 11:36pm PST |
|Papillons ARE very fragile little fellas. As one poster noted; it's not just the height from which they fall, but also how they land. My precious little Phalene Papillon, Piper jumped off my bed which is just a little higher than most beds - she had done this hundreds of times before with no problem. I had, however, tried without success to train her to jump from my recliner chair to the bed and back again to get off the bed. But, anytime she had the chance to bark at my husband, she would just fly into action. This time she landed badly. Piper's seemingly strong little haunches (her back legs and hips) were paralyzed almost immediately. There is absolutely nothing you can do for her at home except move her as little as possible, don't hold her in your arms, avoid touching or holding her, watch out in case it's her spine that is involved, or anything else for that matter will make the pain far worse and the damage more so. Just get her to her vet ASAP. A good idea would be to be to transport her in her carrier so she can't move around so much because of the pain she can't alleviate and because she doesn't know what has happened. Ask your vet before an accident what their opinion is insofar as tying her to a board to prevent further injury. And, if she approves of this, ask her how to go about doing it.
As it turned out Piper's spine was fractured, thereby causing the paralysis of her hips and back legs. Surgery would be required. If she survived the surgery -- pins to hold the vertebrae in place, she possibly would not be able to walk again, she would never run again (if all you other papillon owners can imagine that). The prognosis didn't end there -- Piper would always be incontinent; she was always just meticulous with her dear little self. That would never do, either. She would likely always be in pain. Recovery would take at least a year.
Our precious, little Piper -- we had her with us for 2 1/2 years. Now she will live forever in our hearts.
Edited by author Thu Dec 20, '12 11:49pm PST
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