Well, Daisy and I thought we'd add to the boards aliments, too (well not really, I hate this).
Daisy has been "off" here and there since I brought her home at 9 weeks old. She was lame the 3rd day I had her, very much so in the hind end (though I can't remember what leg). Since then she has had bouts of it.
Took her to the vet today as over the weekend she was lame on her right hind, after having a lot of fun playing in the water at our cabin and romping with neighbor dogs (she's a little over 8 months old). They sedated her. The vet was moving her right leg around, and said she was sure it was a partial tear of her ACL, as she could feel it in her knee. She felt something going on in the left hind knee, too.
Did x-rays and saw inflammation in her LEFT knee, in the growth plate. Nothing on her right hind. Now vet thinks Daisy has just over done herself, back off on exercise, make sure she doesn't play hard with our other dog.
I'm confused that we went from a partial ACL tear in the right hind (where I saw lameness, and the vet said she was short striding at the walk), to an inflamed growth plate in her left knee. Vet said she just wasn't sure. Daisy is on 1.5 tables of Rimadyl a day, and vet put her on a joint supplement.
Has anyone dealt with this? Is there anything else I should do? Vet said I can still walk her and swim her, but I'm going to back off on the swimming. I'm also cancelling our spot in our upcoming rally class and therapy dog class (bummer here, we were excited.) I'm just baffled and worried!
I do have a lot of confidence in my vet, but just thought maybe someone else might have some input!
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Good thoughts for Daisy girl! That kinda sounds like Pano, did the vet mention that?
Hope she's up and about soon!
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I would get a referral to an ortho vet for another opinion. Good thoughts headed out for Daisy.
Go to a specialist if you can. However, symptoms in one side but problems in the other are not that uncommon - like humans, dogs compensate and can end up hurting (or manifesting the pain) in the initially uninjured side by relying on it too much.
Good thoughts for Daisy.
FWIW, we took Chamois to the e-vet last Christmas for what we - and they - thought was an ACL tear in her right rear. Bad enough she was vomitting from pain and wouldn't weight up on it at all. Turned out to be a strain that repaired on its own with A LOT of enforced rest, and we definitely considered ourselves extremely lucky on that one.
yah my first thought was Pano too
if she's not lamer after swimming and vet has said go ahead I would
samething with therapy/obedience class - there may be drills you don't do but basic work is good for her head
sorry you are going through this
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” H. Keller
I agree that you should ask for a referral to an orthopedic specialist. If it's the cruciate, they should be able to diagnose it pretty easily by looking for "drawer" in the knee. You don't see cruciate too often that young though, I'd personally be worried about the hock. Did they xray the whole leg or just the stifles?
Hopefully Lymes and other related tick borne diseases have been ruled out.
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No advice just wanted to send good thoughts to you and Daisy!! Di
As a mom with a dog who had bilateral elbow dysplasia and who blew his knee out...been dealing with this since he was 3 months old....Swimming is the BEST form of exercise, it doesnt put stress on the joint as much as walking would...I'm not even allowed to walk my boy anymore he's so arthritic, but he can swim until the cows come home....In fact, the more he swims, the less stiff he seems to be....(we're on 2 Rimadyl per day and 9 Tramadol if that gives you any indication on how arthritic the old boy is.)...
Range of motion exercises you do while they are laying next to you help also.
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Awwww sweet baby. Good healing thoughts for her.
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