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Unhappy shoulder instability/activity restrictions

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I have been lurking on this forum for almost a year since we got our guy Cooper. He just turned 1yr old on Sat., 9/29

I am sort of wits end and wondering if anyone had any suggestions.

we have had intermittent lameness issues since spring. 2 with the R hip and now this is the second with the R front leg. SNAP4dx and other labs normal. Pelvis xray with a little flattening of the acetabulum but no overt dysplasia.
The last 3 episodes resolved with some modified rest after a week or 2.
Not so lucky with this episode.

The prior episodes all preceeded a trip away..of course.! So we had our boarding/daycare place let him play for 1hr and rest 1hr, sooner if needed which seemed to work well.

Cooper had been doing great for several weeks, no limp so he went to daycare or the day on Aug 29 a full day with only a 2hr rest at lunch
Noticed limping as soon as I picked him up. Thought he had over done it so we had him rest, take it easy, no daycare, but after 10 days no better. Started to use Traumeel. To the vet, nothing obvious on exam, xrays didn't seem to be indicated. More strict rest...limit play, limit walks. Think out of not knowing better we still played with him in the house thinking this was safer.
After 4 weeks took him to a local animal therapy center. The P.T. thinks he has Medial Shoulder Instability on the R. Even I noticed the increased range of motion as she was testing. Also, deep ilipsoas strain R hip. She did cold laser therapy to both, gave me stretches for the R hip and recommends treatment 2x/wk for next 2-4wks then will do swimming to condition/strenthen. Also recommends seeing specialist. Our vet concurs he may have it. Thinks it is reasonable to continue conservative treatment for a few weeks and if doesn't improve we will see an orthopod.

Where I need help: the activity restrictions are making us both crazy! No running, no jumping, no hills, no stairs, level surfaces only, no play with other dogs, no fetch in the house, walks only.
Cooper is use to us playing a good game of tug and fetch before and after his 2 meals of the day and whenever the spirit moves him during the evening or any other time we are home. we are trying to abide by the restrictions but now he is sooo over energized he just breaks out into these runs around the house with his toy, leaping onto the couch. These are completely out of the blue. He is getting LOTS of tlc, attention, new antler chews, and belly rubs but the poor guy is bored and energized and those outbursts can't be good. I do not want to crate him. we do put him in the kitchen, he still has a 15x15 area that is all his, open with his crate, bed, toys and food. but then he gives us sad eyes and mopes.

Anyone have any suggestion as to how to get thru this without either of us going crazy??

thanks ahead of time! this forum has been so helpful for us this past year. he has had a bunch of other issues..so many our Vet feels bad for us because she says "this is NOT what it is like to have a puppy"
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I am very sorry that little Cooper is having all these issues and is not aloud to be a puppy. Do not have any useful advice other than I would go to see a specialist.


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Do you have a fenced in yard or somewhere safe where he can run around or have some free exercise? My feeling is that as long as you don't have him on pain killers, then I'm sure he's not going to hurt himself getting a little run around time in the yard - as long as it's flat and a soft surface like grass.

I wouldn't force him to exercise or run, but let him if he wants to. He's not going to run too much if it hurts him. Keep in mind the rules are different if he's getting any pain killers.

He's a smidgeon older for this to suddenly appear (it usually does when the dog has gone through a rapid growth spurt), but it could be PANO that you are dealing with.

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My guy had an ununited anconel process (spelling?) and had to rest. He loved the car with his head out the window.
BTH.....ortho wanted to operate and I chose rest,,,,,,after two months we resumed his one mile walks. Ortho could not believe it,,,,he lived out his life very happy.
Good Luck,,,it's so upsetting when they're not themselves.
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I agree it could be Pano. My guy had that right before he turned one. Dogue de Bordeaux are very large dogs that grow very fast. He would favor one leg and then another. Give it some time I bet it all works out fine
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thanks everyone for your replies!

Vets are pretty certain it is not pano as none of his long bones are even a tiny bit tender.

After 3 full weeks on Traumeel and Zeel with no change, I started him on Metcam 3 days ago. He seems better, with much less limping. Got his second cold laser treatment today.
Vet thinks he may still need to see a specialist but thinks it is reasonable to see if it continues to get better on its own with conservative therapy.

Think we may do that and if limping comes back as we decrease the metcam and/or with increased activity it will be off to Ortho.
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