Ruger is a 2 year old male. Very healthy, ideal weight, lots of exersise.
He was going to his first agility trial next month, but experienced an injury last week at agility class.
On his first run, he took his first jump, landed and started limping on his rear rt. leg.
He did not finish the rest of the class. I kept him on leash and just walked around the outside of the ring.
He limped for approx. 30 seconds and then walked normal....full weight on leg.
I restricted his activity for a couple of days and then started taking him and Jayda ( our 1 yr. female gsd ) out for walks.
He showed no disomfort whatsoever and would trot without symptoms.
On the fourth day, I let him off leash and he ran in the field with Jayda as if nothing was wrong.
He was acting perfectly normal, running side by side with Jayda, hard turns, never showing any signs of discomfort.
So, all week.... no limping.....he looked and acted 100%.
Then, last night at agility, the instructor said we should try him on a lowered jump as we was doing fine with the other obstacles.
The jump was set at 12". I gave him the release and he ran around the jump?
I reset him and he took the jump, landed and immediately limped on the leg.
I felt terrible, he was trying to tell me something and I listened to the instructor anyway.
I removed him from class and will be going to the vet this afternoon.
I'm just concerned after reading so many posts about vet's jumping to acl injuries and " he needs surgery " diagnosis.
Ruger is acting fine now, no limping, he wants to run but I'm keeping him confined for now.
Has anyone experience this with there pupper? 100% running and turning hard capabilities, but can''t take jumps. I would think a torn acl would be symptimatic when running and cutting hard turns due to lateral strain, not when taking small jumps only?
Thanks for all input.