Limping and CCL Injuries
As you can see, I'm new here; though, I've been lurking for quite some time. This forum is a great knowledge base. I had thought to start an introduction thread in the Welcome Mat section, but before getting around to doing that, my GSD, Lexi injured herself. So, I had thought that posting here would be a bit more prudent. Lexi is about 13 m/o and spayed. We adopted her at 7 m/o from a breeder that was closing shop. She's been pretty great and is a pretty typical GSD (though she sometimes acts more like a Golden). That's fine with us though; she's a happy-go-lucky pup with a good disposition.
Anyways, here is the breakdown of the weekend, I apologize for the long post:
On Saturday night (1/20) we noticed the dog was limping on her left, hind leg after playing with the cat, which basically equates to her standing there and getting smacked on the nose. We didn't have eyes on her at the time the injury happened, but this is not an uncommon behavior between the two of them.
Regardless, she wasn't putting any weight on it and seemed in quite a bit of pain. We looked her over and examined her leg. There wasn't any noticeable swelling and she didn't visibly react to any of the prodding. So, we put her to bed and kept an eye on her. She didn't sleep very well that night and was restless; I assume from the pain.
On Sunday, she was still favoring her uninjured leg, but the limp was clearly getting better and there was still no obvious swelling. Overall, she seemed in less pain as the day went on and, by the end of the day, she was walking with only a slight hitch.
On Monday morning I took her into the vet. Again, she was walking with only a slight hitch; even less so than on Sunday night. She wasn't in any noticeable pain. However, the vet was concerned it was a partial ccl tear (we also suspected this). She did not do a drawer test, but felt some instability in the injured knee's stifle. She prescribed two weeks of rest and Rimadyl and to see where Lexi was at after that.
However (the plot thickens), by Monday night, now 48 hours after her spill, Lexi is walking around with no noticeable issues. I did not give her any of the NSAIDS as it appeared she didn't need them. She was sleeping fine and generally back to her normal self.
Since then, we've kept it to a few short walks, no more than 10 minutes at a time and have tried, to only moderate success, to keep her on bed rest. We plan to keep this up for at least the next week. No issues or recurrence of lameness, but I've not been staring at the dog's hind legs constantly for the last 96 hours waiting for impending doom. I think I'm becoming quite loopy as any misstep by the dog, with her normal adolescent clumsiness, is being scrutinized.
So, has anyone had similar soft tissue injuries? Has the injury reoccurred later?
Did the vet misdiagnose? I'm under the impression than even a partial ccl tear wouldn't resolve itself in 72 hours. The vet didn't check the stifle on the uninjured leg, so I'm a bit questioning of her assessment of the injured leg. I'll also admit that Lexi is quite a soft dog, she near looked beat when doing the "three-legged cold dance" after her first couple of walks this winter before her pads toughed up. I suspect that the extent of her injury was slightly exaggerated due to this. I guess it also could be pano. She could have had a case of it before we got her, though we haven't noticed anything since then. She also didn't react to squeezing her tibia. So, maybe not?
Still, I'd love to hear opinions on this. Thanks in advance, like I said, this forum has been a great place to lurk. Very informative.