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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-10-2014, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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Injury to hind leg?

The other day my male jumped in and out of my truck and was holding up a rear leg afterwards. Didn't see it directly so not sure what happened. Been 3 days and he's still favoring it a bit. Now it happened to be we took a stacked photo weekend before last. This morning while manipulating his joints and looking for swelling/pain, I noticed I couldn't extend his foot at the hock as far as the other side, or as far as the stacked photo had the same foot extended. I can't detect any swelling, but he definitely seemed a little less inclined to have me extend that foot at the hock vs. the other side. Thoughts?

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Crate confinement for four to six weeks Sounds like a soft tissue injury After confinement short easy walks for a few weeks
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I wouldn't crate confine . You need motion to keep things strong , especially ligaments and cartilage. If the disfunction happened after the posing and having that one foot extended (too far and unnatural because it was without motion ) , then it could be like the ladies who wear heels and then go to wearing flats . Or flats and then having some function that requires more formal dress and heels. That heel has not been stretched out . Used to being one length.

so with dog laying down , take that foot and gently move it the other way. with gradation in compressing , gently rock , release, compress a little more , till you have full range again.

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for dogs doing urban rescue , disaster search on rubble and very uneven or shifting ground a full range of motion stretch , extend and fold (compress) helps prevent injuries.

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I wouldn't crate confine . You need motion to keep things strong , especially ligaments and cartilage. If the disfunction happened after the posing and having that one foot extended (too far and unnatural because it was without motion ) , then it could be like the ladies who wear heels and then go to wearing flats . Or flats and then having some function that requires more formal dress and heels. That heel has not been stretched out . Used to being one length.

so with dog laying down , take that foot and gently move it the other way. with gradation in compressing , gently rock , release, compress a little more , till you have full range again.

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for dogs doing urban rescue , disaster search on rubble and very uneven or shifting ground a full range of motion stretch , extend and fold (compress) helps prevent injuries.
I think whatever caused it was him jumping into my (packed full) SUV and not landing in there as he expected. Hard to explain. He failed to look before he leaped lol. I don't *believe* it was related to stacking.

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When I went to the recent WCU Advanced cadaver seminar they had one day of a sports/rehab vet.....and she was dead set against working dogs jumping into or out of vehicles. .........I was so impressed with what I saw, I made an appointment with a local rehab vet who spent the time with me doing range of motion exercise and gave me various exercises to strenghten different areas. She, too was very happy to see the ramp on the high tailgate of the truck AND said we should also use it for going in; I was only using it to keep him from jumping onto his carpals on asphalt.

These folks see many sports injuries and reach out to working dog folks with plans for maintaining working flexibility and ability to prevent injuries. They can also assess things pretty will without x-rays and maybe give some guidance specific to their craft? I am certain you have one on Charleston.

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Going through this exact same thing with my boy. He injured his right hind foot. It was visibly swollen so I took him to the vet to be xrayed. They said all his bones and joints looked normal and he had a soft tissue injury. He favored it for about a week. Vet gave vetprofin. After about a week he seamed like he was back to his normal self. I let him rest for about another 3 weeks prior to doing any strenuous work with him. After about a month I sent him over the hurdle about a half dozen times. After the last jump he acted like he was having a bit of pain in his rear leg again. Apparently a month was not enough time to fully heal. Now I am looking at the prospect of no jumping until the fall just to make sure he is healed enough to make it through the trial season. Ugh.
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If you have any anti-inflammatory medication, I'd give it for a few days and also do exercise restriction for two weeks. No unnecessary jumping or playing, just moderate walks, like 10 minutes walks 3x day. Our dog had a partially torn ligament - there was no visible swelling or redness. Our regular vet could not feel any difference but the ortho vet was able to feel extra fluid in the joint/knee. I'd expect a soft tissue injury. Right now just time and patience to heal.
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Hopefully a week or two of rest and restricted exercise (short walks) will take care of it. If after a period of rest the "favoring" returns, might suspect something like a cruciate ligament tear, hope not.
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Could be an Iliopsoas injury. Jax08 pointed this out a yr. ago when I was searching for an answer to an acquaintances dog.

Seems it is underdiagnosed and can mimic a knee injury.

I had a friend who had a GSD that had a seemingly ACL tear. Went for x-rays on the knee. The vet did the hip instead and the wrong side and scripted NSAID (dog never took, was returned)

So took to an ortho specialist at e-vet. They did x-rays and said, yeah, might be a cruciate tear, won't know till we open him up...that'll be $5000.00.

Took the dog home, went to holistic vet, she scripted tramadol. 1 week later you never would have known he was having trouble. Leg down, charging like a maniac. The dog only took 2 days worth

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