Update: It is so great going to see a Specialist - I kick myself for not doing it sooner. His 70% assessment is a torn tendon in his shoulder which he says happens with dogs that are athletic. My guess is Moose hit the jump and tore it on the landing. We are scheduled for a bone scan next Wed. to verify the initial diagnosis. He says the bone scan will be the best next step. If by the remote chance he is wrong then it is neurological, which he doesn't believe it is. He wants me to keep Moose off of aspirins - he wants to see the inflamation that he felt in the leg today on the scan. I think it was the confidence in the dr.'s diagnosis that made me feel so great. And of course Moose was really spoiled - he is such a smooch. Dr. Vogle had a vet that was studying under him and also a vet student so lots of attention! We got out of their with no less than 4 big biscuits!
Oh, and if the scan shows the tear he suspects than it will be arthoscopic surgery. I'll keep you posted on the results of bone scan and good thoughts that the tear shows would be greatly appreciated. I am excited with the prospect that Moose can be fixed and we can get back to our normal routines - AND he will feel so much better which is what I want most of all.
I feel bad - seems like I only come on here lately when I need something - plus I can't see pictures from work anymore
I'm taking Moose to the ortho vet tomorrow for a 2nd opinion. He came up lame during a trial last Nov. I know he hit a jump, but I'm not sure that was the cause. We have had multiple xrays and a ultrasound and nothing shows up.
Sunday I finally decided I needed to get another opinion - hopefully just a fresh pair of eyes or opinion. We have marble floors in our entry and when he got up from sleeping he could hardly walk across them. His leg would go out to the side keeping him from getting a stable position - he finally did but it was slow going. This can't be right - he is only 5 years old. I give him aspirin for the pain and try to rub his leg and shoulder but it just won't go away.
Has anyone else dealt with anything like this that was so prolonged? I'm taking him tomorrow to the ortho vet that did Sky's TPLO surgery. It is about a 45 mile drive which is why I hadn't done it sooner. The facility does only ortho so I'm hoping they will have the experience to figure this out without guessing at what they could do. That is the part I don't like nor can afford. The last ortho vet who came highly recommended suggested I just wait it out and see if it went away on its own - if not the next step would be imaging, but I'm not convinced it is his shoulder and before I do that I want to feel fairly certain they are looking in the right place.
At the least - some good thoughts that they will have an answer. At this point I really don't want the "we can't find anything" type of news.
Last edited by Dakkerdog; 06-18-2009 at 01:48 AM. Reason: Update
Sharon, loved by Moose & Sky
Good thoughts for your boy!!
Which leg is it? Lucky tore her ligament on a fetch a little over two weeks ago. She had to have surgery to correct it. I hope yours is nothing as serious.
Is UCal-Davis too far away to try? They'd have a lot of specialists and latest diagnostic tests & equipment.
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Bob, Sharon is in So Cal, UC Davis is Nor Cal, about 8-10 hr. depending on LA traffic!
Sharon, good luck! Are you going back to the place in Irvine? My friend has a young dog with an injury and after months of not being able to figure it out, they had to use arthroscopy to look inside the shoulder. It ended up being a torn tendon which didn't need surgery as it will heal on it's own, however, the recuperation time is literally 6 months crated!
It is his right leg/shoulder. Yes I am going back to the place in Irvine. It is called So. Calif Veterinary Specialty Hospital. We really haven't done much at all with Moose since the injury - the extent of excitement for him is trying get the plums off the tree.
I do take him for short walks, but nothing else - he loves his walks. It is definately worse these last few days. At this point I would almost rather they find a torn ligament - at least we would know what was needed. Also, Moose is my laid back guy - he doesn't retrieve or get the zoomies much. He puts most of his energy in looking for food
Sharon, loved by Moose & Sky
I'm so sorry. Good thoughts and prayers for Moose. Did they X ray his foot?
I hope they come up with some answers.
Oh crap. I hope they find out what's going on. I don't like the whole "we can't find anything" answers either.. no help at all!!
Good thoughts on the way for Moose.
Our 5 year old Yellow Lab has been having trouble with both his back legs. He just seems to be stiff. We look him to his regular vet and also their holistic office. They both said it was just tightness in his muscles and gave us stretches to do. They both said there was nothing with his joints but we are doing glucosamine and MSM just in case. He actually acted like he had a muscle pull the other day when taking his walk. He looked at me with those eyes and you could tell he was confused and in pain. He usually doesn't act like he is in any pain though. He is only 75 lbs, he was 100 lbs 3 years ago before we changed him to a all raw food diet. He also has been doing stairs for the last year since we moved. He really hasn't been any less active on his part, we have been babying it ourselves. We did let him run the lure course and he didn't seem any worse after that. He goes next month for his shots so we have to have it checked. We have had his reiki checked twice in the last year and his energy is good. I am grandma and live with my daughter and Charlie so I am very concerned.