I posted about a week ago about my puppy with an injured leg. Basically, my lhasa apso (3.5 mos) was playing with my kids and something happened. Someone accidentally tripped, stepped on her leg, or my two year old grabbed too hard. Anyway, she was limping badly, and we took her to the vet. The vet gave an antiiflammatory and told me to return if she was not significantly better in a few days. She wasn't, so I did.
I took my dog into the exam room, and even though she was not ill, the tech wanted to take her temperature. I was immediately surprised when she used a digital rectal thermometer without a cover, took the temp, then quickly sprayed it and wiped it off, and put it back into the drawer.
Vet comes in and says dog needs and X-ray, which is fine. He takes her in the back and for about 15 minutes I can hear her through the walls just SCREAMING. She is not a barker - it was very upsetting. Vet comes out without my dog and goes into the office to read X-rays. I had to ASK if I could have my puppy back. She is brought to me, the vet comes in, and there is a non-displaced tibial fracture. He says it has probably already started to heal, but needs a splint. He, again, takes the puppy "to the back" and I, again, listen to the puppy just freaking out. He eventually brings the puppy back with the splint on and tells me to keep her confined to her crate except for using the grass to eliminate, and to come back in a week.
I then ask if I should make another appointment for vaccines (she needed her third round), and he said that "we already did those in the back."
Yesterday my husband takes a call from the vet. He said he talked to a veterinary orthopedic surgeon in another town, and that we should have a hard plaster cast placed, JUST to be sure the break doesn't become displaced (right now, it is lined up perfectly for healing, but I guess there is a small chance it could shift and heal poorly.) Our vet does not do casting (is that normal?), he said, so we need to take the dog in on Monday, leave her at this veterinary hospital to get a cast put on, then pick her up around 4 PM. So basically, I will be leaving my already-nervous puppy there all day, for a 20-30 min procedure that was quoted to us at $300.
I realize that a dog is not a child - but does this strike anyone else as a bit weird? Or, am I just totally uncomfortable for no reason? I am a first-time dog owner, so please do tell me if I'm off base here and this is normal.
My dog is VERY calm, sleeps all day, and does not wrestle, jump around, or run, and she is completely separated from the children. I want to do the right thing, but for some reason, this isn't sitting well with me. Help, please!
(thank you in advance!)