Malli wrote:If its a sprain, our vet told us 6 weeks of rest minimum, on short leashed(read : definitely not leash walks) potty breaks. I know, boo.
Malli wrote:.... on short leashed(read : definitely not leash walks) ...
hugapitbull wrote:I don't want to sound like the alarmist every time someone's dog has a limp, but you only have to live through osteosarcoma once to be paranoid. Trouble's first symptom was a limp - so slight we couldn't tell which leg either. I made an appointment and the limp stopped - I canceled the appointment.
A couple of weeks later the limp started again. Again, so slight we couldn't tell which leg. I took her in immediately this time. The vet was able to feel the tumor - I hadn't found it on my own. All of this only to say be sure - get both legs x-rayed. I think Trouble has been in remission almost 21 months because she was diagnosed and treated so early.
Sending good thoughts for a speedy recovery!
amalie79 wrote:Matt, we've actually talked about doing some of that counter conditioning; we'd have to take it a step further and actually leash her up. She knows now that just because I have the leash, it doesn't mean SHE's the one going for a walk. It's when I ask her to sit to put on the leash that she goes nuts. She sits and taps and dances her front feet while I hook it up. And then we'd have to do it with opening the door; and then stepping out and back in. It will be a tedious process, though she definitely gets better the more she gets to go out. We've got a good 4+ years of other people's training to counter, so. Yeah. It'll probably take a while. I've introduced the clicker to her, finally, and she's taking well to that. Hopefully it'll speed things along.
amalie79 wrote:By the way, Matt-- when Earl had the rotator cuff problem, did you have to do surgery, or no? I'm reading a little about it, and it does sound like a possibility; she'll "warm up" and not limp while running or after stretching out, and she seems worse on the day after heavier walking or exercise, especially after I started teaching her to spin in one direction or the other. I felt terrible for that! Rimadyl seems to do less for her than rest does...
Anyway, just curious.
amalie79 wrote:So it was rest and recovery time and management? Certain exercises? I was teaching River to turn and after a few minutes I could see her getting really uncomfortable, really resisting the turn and yet, still trying to do it right. Poor girl. She gets so focused on her reward, that pain is completely secondary; she broke a nail jumping to catch her ball-- it was totally perpendicular to the way it should be, broken at the base-- and she still tried to run, limping, all the way back to the car, bleeding like a stuck pig, trying to get me to keep throwing the ball. I wish I had her pain threshold.
maberi wrote:Yes... I know it is hard but trying to reduce her activity even a little bit will help every day. I gave Earl about 2 weeks to rest and then eased him into some low level exercise (swimming, jogging,etc...). A little rest does wonders.
Malli wrote:I would think you would only see swelling from a sprain/strain etc within the first few days of the trauma.
Not to be pushy bitch, but not resting an injury could lead to arthritis in the joint, so it could be pretty important to rest it. And like I said, I was told at least 6 weeks
I know it can be difficult, I've been there with a year old dog on rest from his neuter surgery, but not having the rest might be much, much worse, too.
Anyway, hang in there! And good luck with desensitizing.
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