Boy's Injury...Help Please

Talk about diets, exercise, and disease.
Besonbully
Newborn Bully
Posts: 70
Joined: Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:34 am

Boy's Injury...Help Please

Postby Besonbully » Tue May 03, 2011 1:26 pm

It seems as though there are a lot of knowledgeable people on here so I'm you guys good help me out!

Well this past March my 1 and a half year old experienced real snow for the first time. About 4-5 feet everywhere on the ground. The first time I threw him in he became obsessed and spent the better part of an hour just jumping through it. Unfortunately the next day he was limping and favoring his back right leg and I freaked out. I thought for sure he had twisted his knee or something like that.

What I did was take him to the vet who said that his ligaments had not been stretched around the knee but that its common in muscular dogs. He said nothing was loose in his knee and that all the ligaments were still tight and there was no sign anything wrong. What he told me is that over time it will go away and my dog will adapt.

Its been three months since it originally happened. My dog never whines or moans about it. He runs at full speed and jumps like he had never skipped a beat and still loves it. However when we're around the house he still limps and favors this leg. He won't sit on it normally, it will just flare out a bit. When ever he walks he doesn't put a whole lot of pressure on it.

I'd like to know if any of you have experienced this or something similar to it. What have you done?

Would this affect his behavior around other dogs because he has an injury?

User avatar
starrlamia
Addicted to PBF
Posts: 7375
Joined: Wed Aug 13, 2008 11:59 pm
Location: Canada

Re: Boy's Injury...Help Please

Postby starrlamia » Tue May 03, 2011 3:45 pm

i would get a second opinion, it could be a torn ACL

Besonbully
Newborn Bully
Posts: 70
Joined: Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:34 am

Re: Boy's Injury...Help Please

Postby Besonbully » Tue May 03, 2011 4:01 pm

Our vet did every necessary check up and tested his mobility and everything was normal.

I did take him out for a run today and he was fine. We came back and he was lying down licking his leg. I went to go put pressure on his leg on every spot imaginable. For the first time I was able to find a sensitive spot. Everywhere I touched his leg he would just lick me. When I put pressure on this one spot he would begin to mouth me. My thinking is that this is the spot?

Well it was inside his leg in his butt hamstring region. The butt muscle region I guess. I put pressure on the muscles and thats when he would to do this??

User avatar
Shoshana
Bully Ambassador
Posts: 2414
Joined: Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:28 am
Location: Texas

Re: Boy's Injury...Help Please

Postby Shoshana » Tue May 03, 2011 4:29 pm

Either take him back to the vet and point out the exact place, or take him for a second opinion. If he's reacting to you touching it must hurt a lot - there pups don't tend to show pain.

User avatar
AllisonPitbullLvr
Moderator
Posts: 7006
Joined: Sun Apr 11, 2010 10:21 am
Location: Onscario, Canada

Re: Boy's Injury...Help Please

Postby AllisonPitbullLvr » Tue May 03, 2011 8:18 pm

Sounds like a torn ACL to me. (Especially the part where he sticks his leg out to the side when sitting).

Partial tears can be difficult to diagnose. Go back to your vet or get a second opinion.

User avatar
FBODGRL
Addicted to PBF
Posts: 10721
Joined: Sat Jul 23, 2005 2:33 pm
Location: Eastpointe, MI
Contact:

Re: Boy's Injury...Help Please

Postby FBODGRL » Wed May 04, 2011 12:24 am

I agree with everyone....back to the vet or second opinion.

The fact that he is limping and favoring it at all probably means he is in more pain in general than he is acting like.

Besonbully
Newborn Bully
Posts: 70
Joined: Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:34 am

Re: Boy's Injury...Help Please

Postby Besonbully » Mon May 09, 2011 12:11 pm

Is it possible that its something other then a knee problem. When I put pressure on his upper hamstring/butt area that's when he shows discomfort. He will not really put any pressure on the leg. He'll fall instead.

Yes I am going back.

User avatar
FBODGRL
Addicted to PBF
Posts: 10721
Joined: Sat Jul 23, 2005 2:33 pm
Location: Eastpointe, MI
Contact:

Re: Boy's Injury...Help Please

Postby FBODGRL » Mon May 09, 2011 6:50 pm

It is possible. the only way to know is to take him back to the vet or to another vet.

User avatar
dogs4jen
Forum Junky
Posts: 3610
Joined: Tue Feb 27, 2007 11:12 am
Location: Traverse City, MI

Re: Boy's Injury...Help Please

Postby dogs4jen » Tue May 10, 2011 10:43 am

Roscoe's torn ACl was misdiagnosed too, so I would recommend going back or to another vet. The way you describe his leg splaying out when he sits is a textbook symptom of a torn ligament.

User avatar
mtlu
Addicted to PBF
Posts: 5843
Joined: Sat Jan 05, 2008 2:32 pm
Location: san francisco

Re: Boy's Injury...Help Please

Postby mtlu » Tue May 10, 2011 11:08 am

You may want to consider going to an orthopedic specialist rather than a regular vet. Our regular did the first round of x-rays and checked for drawer signs but was unable to come up with any conclusive diagnosis. He referred us to an orthopedic specialist who was to make more clear x-rays (without sedation) and who is also much more experienced/knowledgeable in working through the manipulations to correctly diagnose a partial tear.

When Molly injured her right knee a year after we repaired the left knee, we skipped the regular vet visit and went straight to the surgeon for a consult.

User avatar
dogs4jen
Forum Junky
Posts: 3610
Joined: Tue Feb 27, 2007 11:12 am
Location: Traverse City, MI

Re: Boy's Injury...Help Please

Postby dogs4jen » Tue May 10, 2011 11:55 am

I would probably do that to, of course sometimes the hard part is finding the surgeon. Also, the one I went to required a referral from a regular vet.

User avatar
mtlu
Addicted to PBF
Posts: 5843
Joined: Sat Jan 05, 2008 2:32 pm
Location: san francisco

Re: Boy's Injury...Help Please

Postby mtlu » Tue May 10, 2011 12:03 pm

dogs4jen wrote:Also, the one I went to required a referral from a regular vet.

Yes, this was true for us also with Molly's first injury –
it was easier the second time being a "repeat customer" lol

Besonbully
Newborn Bully
Posts: 70
Joined: Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:34 am

Re: Boy's Injury...Help Please

Postby Besonbully » Tue May 10, 2011 1:28 pm

After the surgeries cant she run and do things like nothing ever happened?

User avatar
mtlu
Addicted to PBF
Posts: 5843
Joined: Sat Jan 05, 2008 2:32 pm
Location: san francisco

Re: Boy's Injury...Help Please

Postby mtlu » Tue May 10, 2011 1:37 pm

For reference, Molly's left knee was repaired in Dec 2009 and her right knee was repaired in Dec 2010 – I took this photo over the weekend:

Image

Just be really careful with recovery and awareness of body/muscle condition – the dogs will want to run and play as soon as they feel slightly better but it takes time :) Also note that she is on sand which is much more forgiving and easier on the joints than running on asphalt/concrete.

User avatar
nic
Forum Junky
Posts: 3391
Joined: Tue Feb 28, 2006 1:32 pm
Location: UK

Re: Boy's Injury...Help Please

Postby nic » Tue May 10, 2011 2:41 pm

Did you rest your dog after the initial injury?
I can't tell you if its his knee or some other soft tissue injury,but if a dog is injured you really need to rest them,to give it a chance to heal.I find it weird that your vet wouldn't tell you that,and would say that your dog would adapt?
Sounds like you ought to try a different vet.Good luck with it.


Return to “Health Issues”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 24 guests