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Old 06-17-2014, 09:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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On Sunday my 18mth bitch chased a cyclist. While that was bad enough she did it while tied up in the garden with the tie out cable attached to her harness. She went after him with DI much force she pulled the whole cable out the ground. She was fine immediately afterwards but the next day she limping badly on what looks like her front shoulders but she is showing no pain. I've manipulated her shoulder, legs, pads, toes and nothing. She's been on anti inflammatories since last night but so far no difference. She'll be back at the vets if there's no improvement but in the meantime anyone any ideas on what it could be?


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Old 06-17-2014, 11:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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you need to get her in to rule out a spinal injury
a spinal injury can be devastating
harnesses should never be used on tie outs for that reason
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harnesses should never be used on tie outs for that reason

Can you please explain? Like what can happen and why they should never be used?


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well for starters the harness usually says not for tie out
also dogs can back out of harnesses super easy
and finally when a dog reaches the end of a tether no matter what they are wearing, and keeps going they always face the possibility of a misalignment or injury to the spine
rather like us in a car wreck, even when belted properly forces move us in such a way as to injure spine and neck
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well for starters the harness usually says not for tie out
also dogs can back out of harnesses super easy
and finally when a dog reaches the end of a tether no matter what they are wearing, and keeps going they always face the possibility of a misalignment or injury to the spine
rather like us in a car wreck, even when belted properly forces move us in such a way as to injure spine and neck

I guess I don't get the logic.

I don't tie my dog out but I do let him drag a long line at the park and I'm always going between clipping it to a harness (safer in my mind but no control if he's running fast or going at a dog), flat collar (unsafe and some control) and a prong (HORRIBLY unsafe but total control)

Exactly, once they teach the end of the line, if it's any collar (flat or prong) then they can break their neck, if it's a harness - I thought they're OK.


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A strain or a sprain. Keep her rested and on the anti-inflammatory. Sounds like you checked her out and did not notice any redness or swelling. Also make sure she is want to eat and drink as she normally does. If no improvement soon, then there might be a soft tissue injure that may require either more rest or surgery.
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Thank you, she looked a little better last night. She hardly got out yesterday but I took her out for 10 mins last night on the lead and when she walks there is no limp but if she tried to speed up it's like she forgets and stumbles and starts limping. I'll keep her rested and hopefully she'll keep improving.


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She's much much better and pretty much back to normal. Going to keep her on the lead for another few days and then increase her exercise very slowly. As soon as I see a limp I immediately start thinking it's a hip and elbow problem. I'm a massive worrier so thanks again Gretchen.


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