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"