So, the inevitable happened: my deer and jackrabbit chasing greyhound was hit by a car on Sunday evening. She was pursuing a deer who decided that jumping a fence and crossing a highway was a better evasive maneuver than zig-zagging through the brush. Turns out it was a good move for the deer, not so much for my dog.
I did not see it happen, but I was told that the car that hit her was traveling around 50 MPH and did not stop. Two cars that were behind that vehicle did stop (thankfully) and secured her. They got her to lay down, covered her with a towel, gave her some water, and called Animal Control. Shortly thereafter I arrived (having been looking for her in other areas). She had numerous surface cuts/abrasions and one of her rear legs was sort of dangling.
The Animal Control agent brought her to an emergency animal clinic where she had a physical examination and x-rays. Amazingly, her only internal injuries appeared to be a pneumothorax (collapsed lung) and a broken femur on her hind leg. They tapped the air out of the chest, put her on an IV of fluids and painkillers overnight, and the next morning she was transferred to a specialty hospital to address her broken leg.
She is still at the hospital currently awaiting surgery. Her femur is broken cleanly in two (like you would break a kit-kat bar) so she needs a plate installed to provide stabilization. The pneumothorax is still present which is delaying any action. They may need to insert a tube into her chest to equalize the pressure. The broken leg needs to be addressed by Thursday, regardless.
I feel like crap–a mixture of guilt, sadness and anger–but also relief that no one was hurt. There could have easily have been an accident due to the large animals running across the highway, but in this case it looks like only my dog was injured.
She is a great dog and one resilient bitch. It saddens me greatly that even if she makes it through the surgery, this is likely the end of the one activity that gave her joy. Up to this point The Chase has been her rasion d’être.