|10-10-2013 10:53 AM|
Thanks everyone for your thoughts and suggestions. I took Phoenix to the vet yesterday, fully expecting to need to give him x-rays and everything. The Dr gave him a full physical, and when he got down to Phoenix's foot, discovered that he had a pretty deep toenail bed injury that was practically invisible unless you looked really closely. What a relief!!!!!!!!!!!
I am very happy, all I could picture was a torn ACL, or slipped disk or something. What a relief to not have to worry about that!!! Now all I have to do is make sure it doesn't get infected or torn worse.
|09-26-2013 04:12 PM|
He is two years old, and extremely athletic. I do a lot of what I call backyard agility, which is just stuff i build in my backyard, but it is quite strenuous, so it could just be a muscle strain. He seemed much better today, though I have been gone for most of the day, but this morning he seemed almost normal. I'm going to keep him quiet for a while; no crazy stuff! I am working at a local camp over the weekend, but my family knows to be gentle on him right now.
Apparently last night he was wanting come upstairs like he always does, to sleep in my room. We had barricaded the stairs, so he couldn't, but my Dad helped hi up, and I don't know what he slept on, but he seemed to be pretty peppy this morning. We'll see....
Thank you all for your very calming words!!!!!
|09-26-2013 10:42 AM|
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I thought Cruz had hurt himself not long ago. Turned out to be something else. Not HD, but a form of growing pains but not Pano. It hit's shepherds in the 7 to 9 month range. They can see it in x-rays.
But dont think it has to be HD, which is not a death sentence anyways. Just go to a vet and have him/her checked out. My vet told me that ACL teara are not common in shepherds due to the rear legs form. But it doesn't mean they can't have one though. Anything is possible.
How old is the shepherd?
|09-26-2013 10:07 AM|
|wyominggrandma||When Holly hurt herself a few months ago, holding her hind leg a bit weird, not wanting to get up on couch or bed, my first thought was HD. (since my first GSD never showed an issue with HD until one day at just shy of a year old she started limping and she had severe HD) I was so worried. I made a vet appointment to figure out what was wrong. We did xrays and her hips are beautiful.... no worries there. It turned out to be an injured muscle on the inside of her leg.... A bit of a rest and all is well. Just go to the vet, you will know exactly what you are dealing with after that.|
|09-25-2013 09:01 PM|
I wouldn't panic just yet BUT I would be having a vet check him out and since I'm paranoid, I'd be doing some xrays, especially if your doing agility with him..
Could be pano, could be acl,,which won't show up on an xray, could be something, could be nothing...
|09-25-2013 08:54 PM|
|selzer||If he is young, it could be pano -- growing pains. Could be anything, wait until you talk to the vet.|
|09-25-2013 08:49 PM|
Thanks Jang, it really does make me feel much better to know that I might be just really over-reacting. And lol actually that is mostly why I am taking him in! My mom is quite certain he just pulled something, but I think I'll lose my mind if i don't know something soon....
Amazing that its barely been 24 hours that I found out that he was having issues! Feels like years!!!
|09-25-2013 08:14 PM|
|jang||As a veteran of losing ones head, I can understand your fears..I agree with gsdar..this is what I did when Sib hurt her leg..It only took about 2 weeks for her to feel better..However, this may not be the case with yours..I think a vet check always helps us feel better...Good luck...|
|09-25-2013 07:59 PM|
Oh! And thy forgot to tell me about his whimpering for a couple hours, in the meantime, I took him on a fairly long walk, and he was fine on his walk.
it probably means nothing though.
|09-25-2013 07:57 PM|
He is two years old.
And as I said, we have been doing some pretty serious back-yard agility work, so maybe he just pulled something, but I just have so stinkin' much emotion into this dog, that I can't stand even the thought of a debilitating problem with him.
(and this is what I have been doing; leashing him, making him rest. He is being really good though and not over-doing it, so far)
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