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05-31-2014 06:39 PM
Pawsed Thanks, Debbie. We think so, too!
05-31-2014 03:04 PM
Cassidy's Mom Wow, he's absolutely gorgeous!
05-31-2014 02:02 PM
Pawsed Thank you for your help. This one loves the water. The vet did recommend taking him swimming, in a lake or pool, and told us there is an aquatic therapy center for dogs in town if we don't have access to the other options. I'm sure this pup would enjoy that and it would give him a chance to work off some of the energy he's storing up, and to maintain some muscle strength.

It's impossible to keep him completely still, of course. He's kept loose in the house and we take him out on a leash, even though he has lots of room to run free where we live. We are trying to keep him from running and jumping and exerting himself too much. But he is still a puppy and it's hard to convince him to take it easy on himself. He doesn't seem to care that it hurts.
05-31-2014 12:22 PM
HOBY "Yes, he has. I'm not sure about that right now, though. We feel like he would be using those tendons just as much in swimming as in running, just without the concussion. We are thinking of waiting until he gets somewhat sounder before taking him to aquatic therapy. What is your opinion?"

Aquatic therapy takes pressure off the joints, ligaments and tendons to move freely. Body weight pressure is reduced. If left to no motion muscles weaken and tendons lose their elasticity. Does your boy like the water? If so take him to a lake or what ever [no fast moving water yet] go out to about where he starts to float and hold his under body in a comfortable manor. If he will relax you will be giving him therapy. Check with your VET first and good luck.
05-31-2014 07:49 AM
Pawsed Thanks so much for posting your advice and understanding my goal in putting up this pup's story. I do hope it can help other dogs to avoid his issues. It is so unfair that he can't really be a puppy.

I'm sorry you have tendons problems, too, and I hope you can find some relief from your pain. I know it's a long and difficult journey.

Thanks for the information on ultrasound. I'll check into that.
05-31-2014 07:37 AM
NancyJ Thanks for the will help ME! I have ongoing issues with a peroneal tendinosis in my foot due to structural defect with my foot.

Now, I will say that a procedure (available to rehab vets) that did wonders for me was ultrasound. That said, I understand, it is also one that requires a very skilled practitioner as you can burn the periosteum of the bone.

I was advised to gentle controlled exercise ....... mainly stretching and strength and it is very I feel for your dog.....Hope you will keep this thread updated with progress.

People need to understand that bones and supporting structures are no where near developed until growth is more complete. Thanks for the warning; maybe you will have saved another dog from a similar fate. I can see linking to this thread in the future the next time someone talks about running a young pup for miles on asphalt.
05-31-2014 07:02 AM
Pawsed Here's a picture taken in February. I hope this works. He loves that stuffed dog and grabs it every evening to take upstairs to bed with him.

05-31-2014 06:40 AM
Pawsed Thank you. I didn't realize that was actually what I was doing at the time! But it turns out that my feelings about the ad were correct. He was in the wrong situation. I'm glad we were in the right place and time to be able to take him.

I often wonder how many other dogs out there are like him, with people who think they are doing the right things, but are so far off base. Way too many, I'm sure.
05-31-2014 06:35 AM
Pawsed I appreciate your willingness to help. Thank you.

Please check out the website I posted,, particularly the section on treatment.

The information you quoted is great for joint problems, which he doesn't have, but according to the studies they reference on that website, glucosamine actually promotes the development of the wrong type of collagen for tendon repair. It may not be the best thing for this dog.

I'm still looking into that and don't want to make a hasty decision. But now I'm wondering if glucosamine is the right choice for him.
05-30-2014 11:15 PM
Chip18 Thank you for rescuing him!
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