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    Hello everyone!
    I thought I would update you all on Daisy's visit to the Orthopedic Specialist at the U of MN yesterday. Well, it really didn't go quite as I had hoped, as the vet there told me the same thing my vet did. She said there is something wrong, they just don't know what. She and three other vets handled her for about 30 minutes just feeling her, flexing her, and beyond the short-striding on she is doing on her right hind they got no pain response and she never became increasingly "off." The vet told me they really "cranked" on her, and she was no worse for the wear.

    The specialist, as well as my personal vet, both found that the muscles in her right hind are much less developed than the other left, suggesting this has been present since she was quite young, though that does not really offer me any information as to what is going on, nor to the vets, either.

    So, I was given a couple options yesterday. I was told we can continue to rest her, for 2-3 weeks, and this means serious rest--she's leashed at all times, unless in her crate, and can go for short walks down the street if mentally needed. And to continue the Rimadyl (we talked about all of the NSAID options, and decided to continue Rimadyl). Other wise, I could have done a joint tap, in which they would draw fluid from her joints in order to try and detect inflammation and to localize, possibly, where the problem is. The vet did not feel this would yield a whole lot of information, and no real answers. Her growth plates are very active, so naturally inflammation will be present there.

    I could also do a full body-bone scan (I've had one myself). Because this scan uses radioactive material (Daisy would be injected with it, get the scan, and then the scan is read in terms of hot spots, indicating a problem), I would have to schedule that for next week as the people who handle the material are on vacation, and the material is on short supply all over the nation. It would be able to look at every bone in her body, as I understand it, though.

    So, I decided to go the rest/med route for now. If at the end of 2.5 weeks we are the same, I may go to my vet first, see what she thinks and possibly elect to do the scan. I know when I had mine it offered no real answers (I am a runner and was having pain issues in my knees and ankles) and rest and ibuprofen proved the answer.

    So, if anyone has any additional suggestions or help, it is always welcome! I mostly just feel bad my little pal can't swim and walk, as she is always so happy doing so! She is quite miffed I won't let her play, and even refused to give me her bedtime kisses tonight, little brat!

    I'm also looking into massage, chiro and maybe even an MRI to look at possible ligament damage. It's hard however and I live in a very small, rural town so we don't have a lot of that stuff available and driving 3 hours one way everytime I need to do something gets costly!
    Chantel and...

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    my thoughts and prayers are with you and Daisy. I think I would go the rest/med route first as well. Please keep us posted.

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    Sending good thoughts & prayers for Daisy. I hope with rest she is better.

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    Poor Daisy. My thoughts and prayers are with her as well. I hope you can find something to help her out.
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    The veterinary chiropractic evaluation might be a good alternative and, one never knows, but just might help. It helped Augge; at about 9 months of age she had one adjustment that put her right back to 'normal'.

    The funny thing was that after that she would make a complete 'ass' of herself when we would go to her vet, wagging, jumping, whining - she remembered and was always so glad to see him...right to the end.

    The vet I'm talking about is Dr. Dale Magnusson, south of Hudson, WI.
    1-175-386-6485. He might be able to refer you to a chiropractic veterinarian in your area...or http://www.avcadoctors.com/
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    Sounds great! I will put in a call to him!
    Hudson is pretty easy to get to, in fact I use to keep my horse over in New Richmond (I think I told you that once). If you have seen good results with your doctor, I may try that route. I have used Chiros on my horses with good results!
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    I think you are taking the right plan of action. I too would explore the chiro route.
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    Thanks Kim!
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    Keeping all fingers and paws crossed for Daisy to have an easy time getting back up and running!

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    Dale Magnusson is on the east side of Wis. Hwy. 35 just north of the Coulee Trail/FF intersection (between River Falls & Hudson) and along the east side access road; so that's where you would get off 35, east on to Coulee Trail and then an immediate left/north.

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