So on Saturday about 5 days ago we were on a hike throwing a stick for Kuvarro, my 2 year old border collie. The stick turned on end when it hit the ground and my boy jump on top of it. At first we thought it had impaled him but there was only a small abrasion. However he could only take a few steps before laying down. We carried him a mile plus out of the woods. He is still limping and does not have his normally energy. There seems to be no obvious point tenderness. Yesterday he watched chickens most of the day against my better judgement. Today he won't even get up to greet people he just barks from where he's laying until they say hi to him. Prior to yesterday I have been keeping him in the house and not letting him run mostly. He still is whining when he moves his leg wrong.
Ultimately I am taking him to the vet today but I need advise. I figure it is one of three things a tear, sprain or broken bone. If its broken or sprain I need tips to keep him calm and get him to rest.
If it is torn, which is suspect it is, I need advise on the best treatment for a 2 year old, very lean 40lb, highly active male. We have another senior dog(shepherd mix) with two torn ACLs we decided to use conservative management with(because we knew he wouldn't allow him self to recover properly) and that has been going great but if Kuvarro has torn something I don't really think that conservative management would be ideal. Has anyone had experiences with torn ligaments. (I highly suspect something is torn)
Obviously I know I should wait to hear what the vet says, but I want to hear other peoples experiences so that I can make well informed decisions about my dogs care.