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Hey all!

If your golden has pulled or strained a muscle, how long did it take for them to be moving normal again? It's been 5 weeks for us and his walk is normal but any time he runs/trots it's clear he is still bothered (we have been limiting - just check once a week to see if he's moving normal).

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Oh also before anyone asks - we have had xrays already and hips/knees/joints were cleared by both regular vet and ortho surgeon. Both are sure it's just some sort of strain or pull. Thanks friends!
 

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Hey all!

If your golden has pulled or strained a muscle, how long did it take for them to be moving normal again? It's been 5 weeks for us and his walk is normal but any time he runs/trots it's clear he is still bothered (we have been limiting - just check once a week to see if he's moving normal).

Any suggestions?

Thanks!
Colleen
I think it may be the same as with people; the older the dog the longer it may take. Also it would depend on the severity. I have had a couple older dogs who were never really able to go back to hard running without limping. I have also seen some get over a sprain in just a few days and never recur.
 

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I would want a CT Scan at this point. I understand you've done x-rays and been to multiple doctors but from my own personal experience sometimes a CT Scan is the only way to really see what's going on. I had a puppy that started to limp at 7-8 months of age. He was diagnosed with a soft tissue injury after several sets of x-rays and appointments. After about 5-6 weeks of crate rest and repeat x-rays, but clear pain we pushed for a CT Scan. He had genetic sesamoid disease, the CT also made them question his elbows. It doesn't show FCP, but blunt heads. The elbows could be a developmental thing, ortho seems to believe they are okay now. We would have never found it any other way. It is rare, but basically the small plates made of bone in his 2nd and 5th digit were incorrectly shaped causing them to fracture. Dogs don't bare weight on all toes while moving, but the plates being fractured was putting pressure on nerves and ligaments in his feet. Our rehab specialist was amazing and he is doing perfectly well right now. We are going to do OFA Hips and Elbows next month when he turns 2. I'm anxious to see what the elbows show. He will never be bred. I just want to know if the elbows are a problem, or not. If a dog is showing pain it is in pain. They tend to be pretty tough and sometimes the answers just aren't as easy to find. Best of luck. I just wanted to share because sometimes it can be more....
 

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At the very least, I would get the opinion of a veterinary rehab practitioner - they are more versed in muscle strains than an ortho surgeon. Left untreated, certain muscle strains can cause a lot of pain and potentially cause some future damage. Iliopsoas injuries, for example, can ruin an agility dog's career and take months to heal. My friend's border collie has a soas injury, and she's been dealing with it since January. My friend is hoping her dog is healed by June.
 
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