Back From The Vet
After the vet and I talked she did a full physical on him. He growled and bared his teeth until we placed a towel gently over his head with him in my lap. Then he let the Doctor inspect his every joint and muscle. Paws, ACL, all was fine until she got to his hip bones. He winched in pain as she extended his leg and at that point she was fairly certain it was a hip injury and not a tick born or bacteria infection. His panting, lack of appetite, and shaking were from the intense pain. He was given an injection of pain medication then, and also a half liter of fluids injected into the skin behind his neck - in case of any dehydration since he was not touching food or water since the injury.
I left with a dog with a humpback like a bison, a vile of pills, and a dog on the mend. I wrote them the check and even with the surprise visit, fluid injection, pills, and a good hour and a half in the office it was reasonable and that was a relief too. How lucky am I to have such great vets literally just down the road? As for Gibson? He can't do any outdoor work, jump up on beds or couches, or do much more than rest on his medication. It's going to be harder on him than any pain, having to stay at home, but it is for the best. If he doesn't mend in a week or so, that means X-rays, bloodtests, etc. But I am praying for a quick recovery.
P.S. I am going to post some items up here later today for a yardsale, to help cover the vet bill(s). Check back for some antiques and cool items you can grab, and help with mending this cu.