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Hi all! My dog bear is about 10 1/2 years and a lab, sheppard, collie mix. We don't have the best of vets, and as long as it was just his yearly check up and shots that wasn't a big deal. His prices were those we could afford, and his hours were convenient. Now my poor pup has an injury and this guys whole manner is grating on me.

Bear had a bed rail smack his back hip Monday night, best we can figure is he kicked it in his sleep and it caused it to smack him. It honestly couldn't have hit him very hard, because most of it crashed down on my husband in his sleep... but it was hard enough to injure bear's back hip, to the point he couldn't walk without crying. We went to the vet, who prescribed anti-inflammatories. He was worse yesterday, to the point where when he was crying and yelping in pain I stupidly reached for him and he bit me. That was stupid on my part! He's not crying in pain today, buit he's refusing to move. I don't know if it's pain that's causing him to lay still or if it's fear of the possible pain. He isn't even getting up to go out to the bathroom. He's pooped in the floor twice and I know eventually he'll pee as well. I'm fine with that if it's what he needs. I'll scrub the carpets as soon as he's better and clean what messes I can while he's laying there.

He's 93# and in pain so I can't just lift him up and put him out in the yard. Not without help and definitely getting bit again which i'd rather not do. He's currently gated in my back hallway because I have 3 small children to also worry about. I just got off the phone with the vet again because I called to see if this laying around was normal and the tech said the vet wants to run a blood chemistry, thyroid and one other blood test. no explanation why or what he's looking for and it's $150! I don't have that!!! Especially since if he's not doing better by Monday I need to find $200 for x-ray costs! We have no credit cards and have a very limited income.

If anyone has any advice or BTDT to share I'd appreciate it!
 

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This is a tough one and I have been in your shoes. Unfortunatly the only way to determine your next step is to see the vet and get xrays . It could be either hip displasia ( sp?) or arthirtis and the injury just brought it to your attention. Talk to your vet to see if you can make a couple of payments there are actually some companies that give credit for this type of thing. Also prepare yourself, this very well could be something you will have to deal with for the rest of his life but there are treatments.
 

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Do you have an ER Animal Hospital? If you do you could try to apply for www.carecredit.com if they accept this type of payment and use the ER for treatment. It will be more expensive but sometimes much more thorough. I just recently had to sign up for this because my bill for care ran into the thousands. It is basically like taking out a loan. The payments are not that unreasonable.

I wish you luck. :)
 
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