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Old 04-24-2013, 03:34 PM
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I have to say that my regular vet also had no idea what was wrong with my dog and said she could do whatever she felt comfortable doing.

I took her to our local rehab vet where she was diagnosed with a strained right quadricep.

Worth her weight in gold eight hundred million times over. I was travelling an hour plus to see her twice a week in the beginning. Now we see her as needed and live about five minutes from the office!

Undiagnosed lameness without a treatment plan can cause a lot of long term problems, which you've heard over and over again.
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:46 PM
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I have to say that my regular vet also had no idea what was wrong with my dog and said she could do whatever she felt comfortable doing.

I took her to our local rehab vet where she was diagnosed with a strained right quadricep.

Worth her weight in gold eight hundred million times over. I was travelling an hour plus to see her twice a week in the beginning. Now we see her as needed and live about five minutes from the office!

Undiagnosed lameness without a treatment plan can cause a lot of long term problems, which you've heard over and over again.
Yes, I agree with this.

Our dogs cannot talk, they can't tell us "on a scale of 1-10 how bad does this hurt?" And drivey working dogs will continue to work through pain. Auggie continued running agility (and Qing) with six bladder stones rolling around in his belly, wrestling with his brand new baby brother, and the only sign of distress he ever gave me at all was that he started peeing in the house. If I said "go" he would still go. That does NOT mean he wasn't in pain.

Because the vet did not see anything on the x-rays does not mean there is no problem. A stress fracture is RARELY picked up on an x-ray and often can only be indicated by MRI. However they can be very, very painful and if not treated (with rest) can become an acute fracture and can cause pain even with no activity at all.

I strongly strongly recommend you at the very least get that MRI as soon as possible.
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Like I said, we are planning on going next week to get it figured out at MSU, because we realize there IS obviously something wrong.
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You're seriously not going to rest a dog with a limp?
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You're seriously not going to rest a dog with a limp?
No, the vet said that I didn't have to, but I am still going to rest him, just not as much to keep him moving on it, as she suggested. Again, he does not have a limp or he would absolutely keep resting.
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Vet or not common sense says injury is followed by rest and then rehab.

It's your dog but wow, scary.
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It's your dog but wow, scary.
This, especially in a dog showing lameness over time at this young an age.
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I was extremely shocked by the answer, as well. I understand why she wants to keep movement though, as she thinks there is a tension that is getting worse with inactivity similar to arthritis? I'm by no means going to make him chase a ball or frisbee, but I think resting it did seem to make it worse so I will let him walk around and take him out for short visits that do not have a reason to harm him, in the days leading up to his MSU visit where we will figure out exactly what is going on hopefully.
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You can crate rest and do range of motion rehab.
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That is true. I guess I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place here trying to decide which would be better. I had rested him doing the same exercises for 6+ days with no limping and he took ten trots outside and limped twice...

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