Rijit was almost unrecognizable
Temple dog Rijit was hobbling towards us clearly asking for help. We were about to leave when she suddenly appeared out of the shadows.
I hardly recognized her. She was just skin and bones. How could this happen? We hadn't seen her all week so she must have been hiding in great pain. It looked like she hadn't eaten for a week or more.
Her knee was cracked and the joint dislocated
Rijit was holding up her back leg which seemed to be swinging in the air. The leg must be broken. It was very swollen around the knee joint and she didn't want us to touch it. In fact, we had to put a muzzle on Rijit for fear of getting bitten.
There was no monk around to ask what had happened to this poor suffering dog who is so friendly. Why hadn't anyone contacted us?
Our vet has no x-ray facility and neither do the other two vets in town. Rijit's temperature was high which is a sure sign of infection. She was panting heavily from pain and flinched as the vet examined her knee joint.
His prognosis was that it's cracked. She'd been hit either by a car or motorbike speeding through the temple grounds. Yet another temple casualty from a heartless careless driver. 'She needs cage rest to give time for the bone to heal' the vet told us. Rijit was given pain killers, anti-biotics calcium and a range of vitamins and oils and given a soft rug to lie on.
Taken to our Healing Centre
She has been at our Healing Centre (for the 2nd time) for nearly a month. She still can't put her foot on the ground for more than seconds and her thigh muscles are becoming wasted. We give her massages but she doesn't allow more than a few seconds.
Rijit's had several checkups as she is still feeling pain from the joint. We've added anti-inflammatory meds to her list of medications. Rijit is about 10 years old and so her bone will take longer to heal.
We noticed she was also looking very bloated which concerned us as she may have suffered internal injuries as well. The vet confirmed there was no swelling and suggested she may be retaining her urine. His advice was to keep the pen door open.
Rijit has lived a hard life at the temple. As she's getting older her life is getting harder. We brought her in a few months ago with deep bite wounds near her eye. That wound took two months to heal.
Please help Rijit heal
Rijit will not be returning to the temple. These two painful incidents have left her weak and shaken. We cannot take the chance of a third accident or attack striking her down again. Rijit will become a full-time resident at our Healing Centre where we can keep her safe.