From the AAA Afterhours Emergency veterinary clinic.
Ouchy was hit by a car right in front of our house tonight. It was pitch black out, and the scotties are black. They had both somehow managed to get out of the fence. Flar had just heard them barking in the front yard, and right as he opened the front door, he heard the car hit her. There was made rushing around for flashlights and wagons and shovels...
Flar thought she was dead, when he first felt her, and looked into her eyes - wide open, staring, unresponsive to the light. There was apool of blood under her. When he went to move her, using the shovel to provide a flat surface, onto the wagon, she woke up and moved. So instead of sadly moving her somewhere to keep her safe for burial, we instead rushed her to the afterhours clinic. Flar thinks it took about 30 seconds for us all to pile into my car with Ouchy on Critter's lap.
They wouldn't let Critter stay with her at the vet. There were three other animals in the treatment room at the same time, all in serious condition. I think they don't want others there because animals in pain are unpredictable; I don't know.
By the time we left, Ouchy was able to wag - well, move - her tail, and move her head around. Her breathing sounded hard but steady, and she wasn't whimpering. She was trying to sleep it away like all minor annoyances that Scotties encounter.
Only this isn't minor. Her upper jaw was fractured. Her sinuses are probably injuried. There is air outside her lungs - but that doesn't seem to be increasing. Her liver function test showed elevated levels, which means that surgery will have to wait for that to subside. They don't do that sort of surgery at the AAA, anyway; that's for our regular vet to perform, or refer.
When I talked to the vet after midnight, she said that Ouchy was able to stand on all four legs, which indicates she probably didn't get any fractured legs. The worries are about her head, and internal injuries.
I'll be taking her from AAA to Nicholasville Road Animal Hospital in the morning, where they'll tell me what the next step is.
I just got through writing a note in email to Christopher's teacher so that she would know what was going on, without Christopher having to tell her. I'll be printing that out for him, since I don't know how often she checks her email, and writing up something for Timothy to take to his teacher, as well.
It's been a very hard year.