BigD Posted March 11, 2003 Report Share Posted March 11, 2003 Hi all - I've been off these boards for a loooonnnggg time because I'm now running my own co. out of my house. You sure work more when it's your deal. Man...I'm dead. Anyway - I haven't stopped working with my dog Buddy. He's doing really well and took 1st place in his first Novice A trial. We also got High Scoring Border Collie in the trial. He did really well. We've also been working with sheep - but he's really bad at that (actually - I'm really bad with that!) But we've had to stop all training due to some odd sprain or strain...not sure. Anyway - I noticed about 2 weeks ago that he was having just a slight problem getting up after resting from our walks. He never favored a leg or limped...just was slow. I took the "ball" part out of our daily walks just in case. About a week of this went on and then it started to get worse. I don't know what kicked it up a bit, but he started to limp 3 or so steps on his back left leg. I noticed a clicking, cracking sound coming from his hock - not the knee. He would be like this all day. So we stopped the walks and it didn't get any better. Then we went to the vet. No x-rays and not the hips. Dr. thinks it's a torn something or a sprain, etc. He said lots of rest, but we could still train for obedience. Just very light. The next day the rains came and Buddy was the worst I've seen him. No walk that day - nothing. A little playing in the house, but that's it. That was last Thursday. He seems better, but just a little. He lays with his back legs out behind him. When he was sore, he couldn't get into that position at all. Now he can. He is still cracking and creaking when he gets up. He hasn't limped today, but did yesterday. He has never been sore to the touch or yelped in pain. Is the vet right? Sprain or strain? Torn something? I have not trained since I saw the vet because I really want him to be 100%. Has anyone had this type of thing happen? How long did it take to get better? Did it become chronic? Buddy is 3yrs old. Hip x-ray at 2 showed border line pass/fail. He's a rescue. We've had him 1 year. He's on Solid Gold dry and Natural Balance wet. Supplements: Fresh Factors, Bug off Garlic, antioxidents, vitamins and Move Free for joints. Has been on all that for a year. No history of trauma to that region. Any suggestions will help. Time lines, things to do so he isn't looking soooo ssssaaaadddd. He's not as energetic, that's for sure. I'm a little concerned about weight gain and loosing muscle mass as the vet said I need to watch this due to the hips. Thanks all! Sorry soooo long. Denise Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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