If you follow along with some of our crazy pics and stories on our Facebook page, then you might know a bit about what’s going on with Titan for almost the past week.
For those who don’t, here’s the low-down.
Last Wednesday, I’m not sure what happened but Titan developed a gimp. This is his right leg, not the previous gimped leg of last January. He barely wanted to put any pressure on it and kept pulling it up in the air while walking. Of course, being the overprotective momma I am, I started freaking out and thinking the worse.
I thought possibly by Thursday morning he would have shaken it off, but he didn’t. I had already checked his pads and knew there was nothing there. So yes, once again, a “leg” thing. I contacted my vet that morning to tell that what happened and to see if there was anything I could give him (not knowing I still had Rimadyl in the cabinet). She suggested resting and leash walks only and let them know how he does. When I got home, I found his old Rimadyl and gave him one. By Friday morning, he wasn’t a whole lot better but he was walking a bit more on it.
I contacted my vet again, a little scared because the weekend was coming and they don’t have weekend hours. I have been dreading a visit to the Animal Hospital as Titan has never been and being an “insecure” lil guy, a visit there with no familiar faces would definitely freak him out.
The vet tech talked to me at length about suggestions for the weekend and to continue with the Rimadyl. We schedule an appointment for Monday for x-rays.
The weekend was a bit fun trying to keep Titan down. He just doesn’t get it that he’s hurt and he can’t haul bum across the yard! Ugh! My hubs, thinking it was just a sprain, was squeezing his leg and at one point, Titan gave him a lil “warning” nip; no contact; just a warning. Obviously he is hurting but we just don’t know what it is.
I continued to walk him a bit over the weekend, making sure he wouldn’t run. He was putting the leg down more but had shifted his bum off to the right a bit. This is another reason I called my vet Friday. Him shifting to the right scared me and I thought hip issue or he’s trying to compensate for the leg pain.
A lil more rest and little short walks around the yard and fast forward to Monday.
Can you imagine the nervous wreck I am? If you follow me on Facebook, you know damn well I am! A Hot Mess at that!
I come home early from work and Titan has no clue we are going for a ride. I was hoping I’d have no problems getting him into the Durango and thankfully, we didn’t.
Our past two visits at the vet (nail trims) have been less than pleasant for Titan. He’s been a little agitated so I was a bit nervous going in. We went equipped with our muzzle. I use this as a preventative for not only the vet and techs, but for piece of mind of myself. As we sat in the exam room, I noticed Titan getting a little nervous with our wait. I tried calming him as much as possible but he still was a bit nervous, which of course, made me nervous. When Titan’s girlfriend (favorite Tech), B came in, I let her know about her nervousness and asked if she had a basket muzzle. We had never used one before and I’ve always been against them, however with a basket muzzle, the dog can breathe normally.
She brought one into the room and in came the vet. So we hook up the basket and Dr. L sits behind Titan and begins feeling the left leg, then the belly, then to maneuver his right leg. He appeared calmer with the basket muzzle than his soft one, which I was pleasantly surprised. Dr. L moved his sore leg around and he didn’t flinch or yelp. Good thing! Shew!
After watching him walking and passing his exam, she suggested rest, leash walks only, no jumping, Rimadyl twice day, and a follow-up in a week and a half. She believes the ACL wasn’t tore, but possibly just stretched or a thigh muscle. She didn’t totally rule it out but said he would be in worse shape if the ACL was torn.
So back we go in a week and a half and hopefully it will be better. If not, then we move on to x-rays to find out what the issue is. This is pretty much a repeat of the scenario on the left leg this past January.
I hate to say it but I believe my boy is one of those who may have been a bad breeder baby with bad bones. I am determined to get his weight down more now and we are being proactive around the house by building a ramp out the back of the house off the deck. God forbid something serious happens, there is no way I can carry him down the steps (our house sits up pretty high off the ground).
So overall, the diagnosis was much better than I expected. Me? I plan for the worse. Torn ACL, busted knee cap, and worse yet, bone cancer. Which again, none are totally ruled out yet, just looks highly unlikely. Plus the fact hip dysplasia is common with bullies and spinal injuries.
Who would have thought dogs are so difficult?! Ugh! haha I wouldn’t trade it for the world but there are times I look back to my cat days and really appreciate them.
Now I turn it over to you?
Have your babies had any serious ACL, knee cap, hip, or spinal injuries? If so, what happened?