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Small Dog Recovered After A Serious Fall

Author: Laurel T.
Date: 10-19-2012
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I rescue and foster small dogs and this tiny chihuahua has been an especially skittish and challenging little girl. She is difficult to pick up and is very jumpy when transferring her to her crate, out of her crate or from the floor to her crate for meals. I was taking her out of her crate after I had come home from being out and she somehow managed to launch herself out of my hands. She was 3 crates up so she started higher up than normal, and although I never totally lost hold of her, and managed to break her fall, she landed on her head and shoulder. She was immediately knocked unconscious and pretty much stopped breathing. There was an odd and occasional breath that could be better described as a hiccup.

It was 10:00 pm, the closest emergency vet was at least 10 minutes away and if she didn't start breathing on her own, I didn't have much hope for her survival if I couldn't get her going myself.

I immediately grabbed my Frankincense and Valor roll on and gave her tiny back a quick roll and quick feathering in. Next I rolled on my Raindrop and did a quick feather in. I waited a couple minutes. She was still doing these very intermittent hiccup breaths so I opened a bottle of Peppermint and sat it on the counter below where I was holding her.

I also grabbed my Helichrysum and tipped her ears with it while still holding her over the Peppermint. All of the sudden she lifted her head and looked at me, took a decent breath and went out again. I was hopeful, realizing she hadn't broken her neck and had at least a moment of consciousness. I gave her a drop of Cypress on her feet and tipped her ears and a quick stroke across her chest to aid in circulation and increase oxygen.

I grabbed Dr. Sheltons ADR, stuffed my oils in my pockets, grabbed a blanket and headed for the living room. I laid little Poppy out on the sofa, while flipping thru my ADR and began massaging her from her tail towards her neck. She adjusted herself within a minute or so and I could feel her breathing become slow and regular and although there was a little squeak, I was starting to feel like she was going to be ok. I continued to massage her very lightly and steadily and she began to wag her tail!

At this point I started to plan what to do. I have to admit my relationship with this veterinary emergency room is not a good one. I have had some pretty bad experiences with them and I was very unsure as to whether to take her in or not. Having gone thru something similar to this with another small dog a few years back, knowing what my bill was, knowing what they did and didn't do, I decided to keep working on Poppy myself, and hope for the best. It was easier to make this decision seeing that she was responding by breathing well and on her own, moving around, lifting her head and wagging her tail.

So after reading and massaging I grabbed one more oil, Idaho Balsam Fir and I alternated these oils one about every 10 minutes while holding her, keeping her wrapped up and gently massaging her for the next 90 minutes.
She continued to perk up although she acted sleepy and I was trying to figure out if dogs try and sleep when they have a concussion.

I brought her back out into the kitchen, mixed up a tiny bit of NingXia Red, added a couple drops of Copaiba, hoping to bring any swelling down and provide pain relief and syringed it in. She fought me pretty darn good so I was encouraged that she was strong enough to resist the NingXia Red.

Before bed it appeared she was blinking a little bit on the side she fell on so I dotted around her eye and around her ear with Lavender and we went to bed. She got up at one point and went to get a drink, no limping, no wobbling, nothing but maybe moving a little gingerly.

I called my vet in the morning, had her listen to her heart and give her a good once over and it was determined Poppy, the 4 lb, 11 year old chihuahua, came out of this very scary experience unscathed.

I am so very grateful to have had my friend keep talking oils to me till I listened and started to ask questions. It has given me confidence and a knowledge that I have choices and they are good ones. It has changed my life and those lives I love.

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