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Old 04-23-2013, 11:59 AM
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Default Range of motion issue

So, Recon's been having some trouble over the past two weeks with his front right carpus (wrist) and has had some limps that have started my observations. At first I didn't think anything of it because it was so slight for just a few moments. The second time he had been crated for an hour or two, so I thought maybe it was asleep. The third time was very obviously a limp and there was swelling that I noticed, after he snapped at my boyfriend when he was trying to play with him. He was in PAIN at that point, and I started doing range of motion exercises with his feet and realizes he has extreme loss of motion in that wrist. He did while it was swollen, I gave him a pain killer and anti-inflammatory, called the vet to schedule an appointment for tomorrow.

Every day since then (last wednesday night) I have been checking his leg, and it has not regained full range of motion. I'm thinking that perhaps it never HAD full range of motion and he is spraining or hyperextending the tendons because the range isn't there and his normal activity is pushing it too much.

The first limp was after a day at the park; playing for no more than an hour accumulatively. No jumping or anything, just chasing a ball.

The second limp was after coming out of his crate after a long walk at a nature preserve with Meagan, Harlow, and Rider. Again, no jumping or abnormal activity otherwise.

The third limp was after agility class last Wednesday, where all we did was tunnel work/distance/crosses on the flat, and 2o2o work being lured (walking) down the dog walk plank from a 4" table... no jumping at all there either.

The only day it actually seemed to bother him was Wednesday, though a few weeks ago he got very grumpy from being at the park for too many days in a row and I wonder if that was because he was in pain moreso than tired from playing...

Does any of this make sense? Does this happen? I did a ton of googling and read some studies and could barely understand them. :/ I'm looking for some info to prepare myself with for the vet appointment tomorrow. Will x rays help figure out what is going on in this case? I'm expecting to take them regardless...

Do you think a boot would help? I printed this out to take to the vet as well...

I'm just wondering if this is going to throw agility completely out the window or if we may still have a chance? Typically, agility doesn't bother him at all, but I don't want to mess anything up, either. I've stopped letting him jump out of the car, since that was the only thing I could think of that I could control that he was doing to put a lot of pressure on the joint. He's still only jumping 4 or 8" jumps in agility, well below his elbow, so I don't think that is really a cause for it.

Thoughts? :/ Pretty bummed out as you can imagine, but I've been looking for an excuse to get Sir into agility again anyway, so if he *CAN'T* continue, it won't be the end of the world.
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