Mollydog decided to take off running in a field while we were away, on thursday 3rd - nothing new about that, Molls is generally great offlead and always comes when called so I'd said that they could let her off, as she is used to that and I felt she would be frustrated if kept on-lead. Unfortunately, this time she tripped and hurt herself. They thought it was just a bruise at first as she seemed to recover, but the next day it was very swollen so they got her off to the vet.
I can't fault the dog boarding place at all over this: she could have done it walking with me, and they got her to the vet as soon as it was apparent there was real damage. They were also great about taking her back in as soon as they felt she wasn't doing so well, and keeping me thoroughly informed even though it meant calls and texts to a mobile phone outside the UK.
The diagnosis is a damaged ligament, but there is a worry that there is an infection, because she had a temperature and the hock was so swollen. She has antibiotics, Metacam (better for a ligament injury than her usual previcox, apparently) and her leg is bound up - I'm taking her in tomorrow to get it checked and re-bound. She's on complete rest: no walks at all and minimum exercise in the house. I must say I was expecting her to take that less willingly than she has done, so I think she is feeling a bit under the weather, she really only tries to move about if someone she knows arrives at the house. She will put weight on the leg, but not much, and she has tripped and fallen a couple of times. I'm rather concerned that she is still so tender with it.
29 kg of greyhound is no joke to be lifting up and down steps and stairs: why don't we have a flat garden and a bungalow?!