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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-02-2014, 08:21 AM Thread Starter
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Limping

Hi All

Burdy, who is now 20 months old, has a limp which emanates from her right shoulder. She is on pain killers and 'rest' which is why I'm on-line for the first time in months. I found this article see http://www.tiggerpoz.com/id20.html which has really helped me to think about how to manage this. I can't verify source but thought others might find it interesting. I am also taking Burdy for canine massage this week so will let you know how that helps.


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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-02-2014, 09:28 AM
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Hope she feels well soon!!

Our Miles came up with a limp yesterday. No known injury, no swelling. We've checked between his pads and checked all his joints. He's got a very small worn spot on his paw so we are treating this with salt soaks, mushers secret, massage, and rest. Now if only I could get him to stop skidding around on hard packed dirt trails so his pads would hold up better...

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One of my two boys have come up limping twice in last year. I think he jumped off bed and landed funny. I just backed him down from running for 3 days and slowly let him move as he wanted. I ride them on my bike twice daily. A little rest and he was fine.
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post #4 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-05-2014, 09:38 AM
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" I ride them on my bike twice daily. A little rest and he was fine."

If my dog limped twice in a year, I'd reconsider their form of recreation, it's obviously causing problems.

Good long field runs and runs through the woods at their own pace & speed are fantastic forms of exercise.
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How's Burdy doing?

Hope the canine massage helped. I gave Miles a deep massage on his shoulder and under the shoulder blade and he's been limp free ever since. He felt so good afterward, he paraded around the house and started throwing his toys around.

Hope all is well/ recovered!

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Thank you for asking Miles Mom. How did you learn canine massage technique? I can see it's really invaluable and Burdy's going back for more next week.

She is now snoring on the sofa following her lovely massage this afternoon with a very dog friendly woman. I have been really worried about Burdy's long term health with the limp but the massage therapist was hopeful - although she is absolute about the need for continued rest, soft floors, no jumping and lead walks. So there is now a mattress on living room floor for when Burdy gets off sofa.

Burdy has a damaged infraspinctus muscle. It could need surgery or it could heal well with care. Crossed fingers and I'll look up 'how to keep an immobilised vizsla entertained'.. you just never would believe how much you could love these dogs would you?

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Poor baby!

I am a human physical therapist (orthopedic specialist), so I just apply my knowledge onto the dogs. They are pretty good patients ;D Always happy.

My dream would be to use my credentials to treat dogs and horses, but for now my career focus is elsewhere. Maybe someday!

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post #8 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-11-2014, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Hi All

Just need some inspiration. Burdy and I aren't really managing this 'rest and short lead walks only' thing very well. She is so wired and nearly hits the ceiling when she sees the lead. She can't see her dog friends and is getting down in the dumps. I let her dig a hole today because, I reasoned, that's the opposite of running very fast, but no matter how much I restrict her there is invariably one leaping around episode every day.

I know the advice is to provide bully sticks and do lots of training The paradox is that Burdy's behaviour has crashed as she is not exercising, and it used to be pretty good ( I could take her anywhere off-lead and trust her to behave before the enforced rest).

Swimming would be good - but she only swims with me and it's too cold and floody.

What can I do to entertain my gingernut???!!!

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You can look for an equine rehab or something near you for a pool to use or perhaps a veterinary university hospital thing. Sorry I used all my impressive words writing a new resume earlier.
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post #10 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-11-2014, 07:14 PM
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Its tough staying strong for them, even when its for their own good. When my female June was on rest she went every where with me that allowed dogs, and even went with me to the bank drive threw just to get out of the house.
Gander Mountain, and Bass pro Shop allow dogs, along with Petsmart and Petco. No it wasn't like getting to run the fields, but she did enjoy it. They get tired of looking at the same old walls, just as we do.

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