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    I am taking in one of our girls for a pregnancy x-ray today and decided to also bring in our 6 yr old female Raven. She has had on and off limping for the past couple months in her hind leg. My guys are crazy active and rip around the yard like crazy so I just thought she pulled a muscle by slipping on the ice and decided to rest her for a couple of weeks. This seemed to help but we noticed that when she first got up she was extremely stiff but once she started to walk it out she was almost walking normal. We go for a bunch of walks in the bush and she never showed signs of slowing down. I thought its either Arthritis setting in or a really bad pulled muscle. Yesterday she was outside most of the day with the others and I saw her sitting under a tree, her back leg was positioned out to the side like it hurt to sit normal. Well CRAP. I called her in and had a good feel of both legs and manipulated them both, she doesnt show any signs of pain but her hind left leg is much thicker than the right. I am thinking scar tissue buildup from an ACL tear. So off we go to have an x-ray to see what we are dealing with.

    I do know that if this is an ACL tear she will not be having corrective surgery. Raven didnt respond well the aesthetic with her C-section 3 years ago. Its also a very invasive surgery with mixed results. Instead I have been looking at leg braces but theres no point in worrying myself until I have all the info in front of me.

    So wish us luck today, perhaps I am being paranoid but I doubt it, lol.

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    Aaaww... I sure hope that the dog's okay.

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    I hope its something minor and will fix itself with time. Good luck today! Sending good vibes your way


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    I got a brace for my very very active lab, I do AKC hunt test and dock jumping he had a slight tear I did a brace and rehab, took months but he is back in training and appears to be good and sound with no surgery. yeah

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    Well we just got back and its exactly what I thought it was. An ACL tear. We have decided to place her on Rimadyl to see if that helps her and we have scheduled some physio. If that doesnt help then we will look into a brace.

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    Poor girl :( I hope that you can help it with the physio or the brace..
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    Oh man that is not good. Would hydrotherapy help?
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    I hope all turns out all right .....and it had better be.....too many dogs are giving me a nervous breakdown lately :)
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    have we gone to the vet yet? is pregnancy a positive? how is the leg?

    inquiring minds need to know. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by magicre View Post
    have we gone to the vet yet? is pregnancy a positive? how is the leg?

    inquiring minds need to know. :)
    Raven has an ACL tear, we are going to start in home physio and are currently looking into hydrotherapy. We live about 1km from the Lake so I am thinking that when the water warms up a bit I will walk her chest deep along the shore line daily to help build muscle in the affected leg. We also got a referral to see a physio therapist and are just waiting to hear back from them.

    As for Mya's PG x-ray she is completely FULL of puppies. 13-15 puppies are estimated. So today I need to rebuild her whelping box cause she is going to need a lot more room!

    Here is a belly shot of the poor girl taken last night.

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