Those that have already experienced their dog tearing a cruciate will no doubt, like us, he acutely aware that there is a high probability the other leg will go within 18 months. That said, as time goes on and you reach some kind of near normality with off lead walks, hills and beaches you do tend to think that it might not happen!
And so it was, near the start of a week long holiday in Cornwall, that we were strolling along the beach at Marazion when the dog jumped up at me and his leg gave way. Second time round you know in your heart what has happened, although you might give it a little time in the wildly optimistic hope it is just a sprain. At first he did appear to put a little weight on it, but by the next day his leg was clearly not working and the classic toe touching of a cruciate injury was obvious.
Our holiday home was a dream, with an amazing view over Porthtowan beach. On the down side, there were 30 or so steps up to the car park; no place for an injured Sprimger! We paid a visit to St Clement Vets in St Agnes, who were lovely and gave him some pain relief for the long trip home, before packing our bags and suffering the 7 hour trip back up North.
Our vets, Riverbank in Preston will no doubt be a second home in the coming weeks. Surgery is booked for Wednesday, back at Rutland House in St Helens. The pen and mats are back down. The prospect (certainty) of some sleepless nights is ahead. All being well though we will be back out on enjoyable walks in the summer!