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Old 03-27-2014, 11:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Long story as short as I can make it, about a month ago my 3 year old GSD, Honey, went to get the ball and she let out a yelp. I didn't think anything of it but over the course of a week or two she acted like she was in pain in either her hind leg or her hips. I kept an eye on her and then one time when her and my other dog, Rudy, was outside Rudy came to her and wanted to play. Honey tried to lunge forward to play back and let out another yelp. So that confirmed to me that something wasn't right. I took her to the vet and they felt her knees and hips and told me they didn't feel anything abnormal and sent her home with pain meds. If she was still in pain after a week, she was to get x-rays. She wasn't better. The x-rays showed no signs of the dreaded hip displaysia that GSD parents have to worry about. So I re-filled her pain med prescription and thought that she must have sprained something or pulled a muscle and that she would be back to her crazy self in no time. But it's been a while now and although she isn't yelping or anything anymore, she still won't play with Rudy outside like she has always done... every. single. time. So what should I do now? Should I get a second opinion from another vet? Or am I just overreacting? Please help!
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Old 03-27-2014, 11:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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she might still be in pain, and just being stoic about it. try going on a short walk and watching her closely to see if she's favoring a leg. a month may seem awhile but since GS are so smart she may remember hurting herself during the game and so doesn't want to play. see what other members say but take it easy for a little while longer and if it doesn't get better you could try going to the vet again or trying a different one. if there's still no diagnosis try find an alternative game she and rudy could play to maybe work back into play mood

Hope she feels better! and I don't think you're overreacting, an injury followed by a behavior change is nothing to shrug off.
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Did you get pain meds or anti-inflammatory meds?
Did the vet recommend any exercise restriction or rest?
Have you seen an orthopedic vet?
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Did they check for an ACL tear (cruciate ligament rupture)?
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You need to find a different vet for a second opinion. I'd go to someone who does accupuncture & chiropractic or an ortho vet.
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Hi if you live near DM Ames is close to you,Call there and make a appointment at the vet College@ ISU.

Many vets just throw meds at these kinds of things.
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This could be a knee or a back issue. You need to find an orthopedic specialist to diagnose the problem.
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Did they check for an ACL tear (cruciate ligament rupture)?
Yup..find an ortho.

Don't screw around with a regular vet. It's a waste of your money. They should have checked that due to a possible acute injury when they checked that hip so you already have wasted money
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she might still be in pain, and just being stoic about it. try going on a short walk and watching her closely to see if she's favoring a leg. a month may seem awhile but since GS are so smart she may remember hurting herself during the game and so doesn't want to play. see what other members say but take it easy for a little while longer and if it doesn't get better you could try going to the vet again or trying a different one. if there's still no diagnosis try find an alternative game she and rudy could play to maybe work back into play mood

Hope she feels better! and I don't think you're overreacting, an injury followed by a behavior change is nothing to shrug off.
That's what I thought it was too, that she was just being careful to not hurt it again but the next morning after I posted this I let them outside before work and when I went to check on them Honey was whining and limping on one leg. So there has to be something still wrong...
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Did you get pain meds or anti-inflammatory meds?
Did the vet recommend any exercise restriction or rest?
Have you seen an orthopedic vet?
Yes, the vet did give some pain meds and that seems to help. She only recommended that we keep her calm-no playing, etc. But that was a month ago...
And no I have not seen an orthopedic vet so I will check that out, thanks.

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not that I know of.
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