Ooky Posted October 24, 2008 Report Share Posted October 24, 2008 I am starting to get pretty worried about Odin, whose limp in his front leg gets worse even as we restrict his activity further and further. Due to his age (7.5 months), obviously I'm terrified it's OCD. I've taken him to the vet for it once already and he wasn't limping at the vet. I think she thought I was crazy, and possibly made a note in my chart that I have Munchausen's by proxy or something. But he had already been limping on and off for about 2 weeks at that point, and just happened to not limp that morning. Here's what happened. We went to CO for a weekend about a month ago and left him with the in-laws and their dobie MArgie. By all accounts they had a really really great time and ran around like maniacs the whole weekend. When he came back, he had this limp for the first time. We restricted his activity by reducing the number, length, and speed of his walks, stopped all fetch, especially any fetch outside, took extra care with his everyday movements around the house i.e. making him stop racing around during normal play with Benway or me or whatever (not that it matters much since as others say about their pups he pretty much tries to launch himself across the house at any opportunity). I took him to work more, where he got non-athletic stimulation and was in a crate for 7.5-8 hours, plus a 2 hour resting commute in the car. And in a week after the initial limp, he seemed completely better. I had a beach bar-b-q work function I had to attend that next weekend, and we took him and camped in Aptos. We knew this would be tough on his leg, but it's the beach, you know? He met my boss's 11 yr old daughter and 8 yr old son and Odin literally and absolutely fell in LOVE. Esp. with the girl, who didn't run him excessively with frisbee (but it is the beach so sand-running), and made him do commands for every fetch. DH and I took turns periodically taking him out of the play and holding him, but his whole body was just tensed towards the volleyball or whatever was going on. It lasted all day and into the night, and the next morning he was just staggering around. I felt terrible. So we redoubled our efforts, took him to the vet (with the result you see above) and now we've been keeping him as immobile as possible with a 7month old BC pup w/o going to complete crate rest (which he gets more and more of as his limp seems to worsen). He limps worse when he moves after being still for a long time, AND after any sort of over-the-edge fun or exercise (like crashing down the stairs, rolling his own ball, or playing tug for a bit). He's on Metacam (from the vet). Glu-Chnd supplement daily. Diet is grainfree kibble (TOW) + raw foods. I think I broke my puppy. I'm making another appointment, but can anyone give me suggestions for 1) making sure he stays clam without going crazy over this extended period; 2) any experience or ideas anyone has I might throw at the vet when we go back; and 3) if it is OCD, what will happen? Will surgery fix him? Finally, he's SO good, given how energetic he is and how much I just keep not letting him do much. How bad can this be for his development to keep him so quiet? I guess on the bright side he now has about a 1000% better off switch than 4 weeks ago. Thanks in advance for any info, ideas, or advice. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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