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Old 04-10-2014, 01:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sugar has acquired a limp on her front right leg. We're pretty certain it's a sprain. The problem is that every time it starts to get better, she goes back to her old habits of chasing things which re-injures the leg. We've been restricting her activities, but she's rather insistent.

I'm not too worried about the sprain so much and more concerned about what's happening to her other leg as a result. Because of the sprain, she's been carrying her weight on the good leg. That leg is now showing signs of carpal hyper-extension at the wrist. The wrist is around 45 degrees which seems pretty excessive. I've ordered a pair of Therapaw athletic wrist supports in the hopes of correcting this and providing support for the injured wrist. Has anyone tried these? I'm curious to know if they worked out for you or if I need to just cancel the order and do something else.
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pretty certain it's a sprain

pretty certain a vet could tell you for sure what is wrong
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Old 04-10-2014, 02:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Vet also said it was a sprain. However, the question was about the efficacy of wrist supports.
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did the vet say to use them?
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if they are fit properly and your dog will tolerate them, i think it is a great idea.
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actually it will probably only serve to weaken the wrists
you should consult with the vet and possibly even an ortho vet if it is that noticeable
splinting and bracing has some benefits depending on the issue but can create more issues in the long run such as not allowing the wrist and carpal area to firm up and gain muscle strength on their own
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I've only ever wrapped that area for flyball because one of my dogs was constantly tearing his stop pads and dew claws. However the wraps we use are not intended for long term use, they fit tight and have to be taken off between races or the dog's feet swell.
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actually it will probably only serve to weaken the wrists
you should consult with the vet and possibly even an ortho vet if it is that noticeable
splinting and bracing has some benefits depending on the issue but can create more issues in the long run such as not allowing the wrist and carpal area to firm up and gain muscle strength on their own
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what is the age of the dog?

how do you think the dog sprained the leg?

I had a situation once with a fore-limb injury on a young male. The short version is he loved to launch himself . No one asked him to . He would scramble up a big boulder and launch across the narrows of the seasonal stream . He would get onto equipment just to jump off it. One day he did this and all his weight landed on one forelimb. Carried on . Next day , favouring that forelimb a bit . A bit more the next , then nothing . Dog normal , back to being physically daring do . Since this was a dog in growth stage we could see that the limb was starting to have some deviation from straight and true . At pastern the limb would start toe out , limb seemed shorter .

So to the vet . X rays showed that he had damaged , essentially bruised his growth plate denying the blood supply for the bones' extension where the radius and ulna meet , one side able to grow the other shortened . The vet had to insert a rod and pins to enable bone to form around this so that the leg would be the same as the other.

In the end the dog was totally fine .

With young dogs you could look to panosteitis https://www.google.ca/search?q=panos...w=1263&bih=553

or you could look to what I had described.
this is the worry "concerned about what's happening to her other leg as a result. Because of the sprain, she's been carrying her weight on the good leg. That leg is now showing signs of carpal hyper-extension at the wrist. The wrist is around 45 degrees which seems pretty excessive"

It actually may be that leg which is the problem ??

any way I would visit the vet to get a diagnosis.

If it is a "sprain" then you can provide anti-inflammatories .
If it is some damage then you can catch it early before the rest of the anatomy isn't affected by compensating.
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