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Old 05-13-2013, 11:06 AM
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So Aeri turned up lame on a shoulder last night, I gave traumeel, and we went to bed. This morning it's on again, off again. This has happened before and it goes away within 24-48 hours, but with this reocurrance I'm starting to think I need to get her looked at in case it's something that needs to be addressed more than just rest.

I have several options and would like input on what other folks would do in this situation.

1. Regular vet. Low pricing, general practitioner. Could get us in *today*.

2. Chiro vet. Decent pricing, horse practitioner, great at assessing gaits. Have been meaning to have her look at Kes and Aeri for a couple of weeks, probably could get in this week or next.

3. We have a veterinary specialty clinic with a rehab department, but I'm not sure if we'll need a referral or not. They'd be pricey, but we do have insurance that will cover 70% of a specialist after we hit our $200 deductible.

Any thoughts? Other suggestions?
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:11 AM
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3. We have a veterinary specialty clinic with a rehab department, but I'm not sure if we'll need a referral or not. They'd be pricey, but we do have insurance that will cover 70% of a specialist after we hit our $200 deductible.
This is what I'm doing with Limit. We haven't gone yet (appt on the 18th of June), but a friend had a dog that was diagnosed by her regular vet as unable to do agility, she took the dog to her rehab vet and now they are competing. She is the one that referred me to where I'm taking Limit. I won't know how I really feel until after the appt and all but just wanted you to know that's what we're doing for his "knee issue"
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:12 AM
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For a shoulder, my first go to would probably be chiro. She could just need an adjustment (neck, back, shoulder). I'd do chiro and rest with traumeel, then possibly a follow up chiro visit depending on what was found.

If I wasn't seeing improvement after that I'd do a regular vet visit.
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:25 AM
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This is what I'm doing with Limit. We haven't gone yet (appt on the 18th of June), but a friend had a dog that was diagnosed by her regular vet as unable to do agility, she took the dog to her rehab vet and now they are competing. She is the one that referred me to where I'm taking Limit. I won't know how I really feel until after the appt and all but just wanted you to know that's what we're doing for his "knee issue"
And everyone will have different experiences. A fellow competitor referred me to a holistic/traditional rehab vet once. I took both my girls there, one for an actual limping problem, the other just to get a once-over, she had no obvious problems. Since I drove 2.5 hrs one way I figured why not.

He told me both of them needed surgery immediately pretty much. My vet had already looked at Rumor (the off and on limper) and said there was no obvious issue at that time (right knee) and to let her continue to be a dog. He said he suspected that she might eventually rupture a ligament but there was nothing that could truly be done until that happened. She was probably 3 then, she's 7 now. She's never ruptured anything, we still play frisbee, swim, run, hike, and practice agility (she doesn't compete due to anxiety issues).

Carrie was actively competing in agility at that time, and he also said her knees were crap and to go home and have surgery. I never did. She was 7 at that time, and retired from agility maybe a year later due to other (non-orthopedic) health problems.

Needless to say, when Zen started having problems I did not want to go back to that vet. We have done chiro (which Zen loves), and he has had surgery for a luxating patella done by my regular vet.

I'm generally one for starting with the least invasive then moving up if the problem warrants it. So I'd start with rest and anti inflammatories, then move to chiro/massage, then x-rays and treatments from there.

And apparently if you'd like your dog to have a knee problem, send them to me. (What do I do to these dogs?!?!)
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:27 AM
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I would probably start at the chiro vet. Once I got their assessment or if my dog went off again quickly after adjustment I would head to the rehab specialist.
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:28 AM
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Go chiro first would be my suggestion. I don't bother with my regular vet for injuries like that as they're just going to give you pain meds usually.
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:32 AM
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I'm generally one for starting with the least invasive then moving up if the problem warrants it.
THIS!!! You can always up your treatment, you can't undo a surgery.
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Old 05-13-2013, 12:21 PM
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We had this issue and it was ocd. Its prob not that, but I'm just suggesting you see the right vet before clicking and adjusting. I'd look for an orthopedic vet first.

You could do more damage without a proper look at the issue.
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Old 05-13-2013, 12:22 PM
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I'd start with the chiro vet. Though if the chiro vet doesn't have the facilities to do X-rays, and you think an X-ray is warranted, I might go to the regular vet first.

I would definitely get an X-ray, as well as the chiro, before going on to the specialist.
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Old 05-13-2013, 12:32 PM
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My vote also goes to the chiro.
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