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Finnie has a diagnosis!

Discussion in 'General Health' started by Piper's mom, Feb 25, 2020.

  1. Piper's mom

    Piper's mom Moderator

    Jun 26, 2015
    Winnipeg Mb
    Finnie saw the vet today and at last we have an answer!
    It is his hock (right at the top of it), we did an X-ray of both hocks and the swelling was quite visible...not a lot of swelling but the vet said there's not a large blood supply there so it doesn't swell much.
    It will take a long time to heal so continue same of no jumping, running (no recalls which requires him to push off). I'll have to continue picking him up on the bed but as long as he's willing to do the stairs slowly I can be off the hook there.
    He is a lot better than he was a month ago even, I think he just tweaked it a bit this time.
    He actually has started to walk around the yard to have a poop, hasn't done that since mid December!
    I also got a prescription for clomicalm to try to help him to get over his anxiety in the ring. Hopefully I can get him in the ring for matches and lots of rewards and it'll help him to work through the anxiety.
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  2. ghggp

    ghggp Moderator

    Aug 28, 2011
    Grosse Pointe, Michigan
    SO glad you now know what is wrong and how to treat. I would love to know how clomicalm works for him. I will try it on Liam if you feel it is working.
    Fingers and paws crossed Finnie is on the mend soon!
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  3. Sharon7

    Sharon7 Moderator

    Oct 31, 2009
    Southern California
    Phew finally! Poor guy sorry he's having such a tough time with it. It's so hard to keep them quiet when they are young. Really hoping he heals soon and completely!!!
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  4. Sandy in CT

    Sandy in CT Premium Member

    Aug 5, 2018
    Glad you have an answer and you can know deal with the healing part!
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  5. Margi

    Margi Forums Enthusiast

    Nov 2, 2012
    Corona, AZ
    YAY!!! Let the healing begin...
    Curious-- did vet say hock this got this way? Running? Jumping?
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  6. Calliesmom

    Calliesmom Moderator

    Mar 29, 2008
    near Mobile, AL
    wow- you actually found out what was wrong- that is awesome:yes:
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  7. Piper's mom

    Piper's mom Moderator

    Jun 26, 2015
    Winnipeg Mb
    He was actually running after a ball. I saw it happen but then the times he'd Yelp and lift his paw were so intermittent. I don't know why it never occurred to me before however it wouldn't have changed anything. The treatment of rest and no jumping, running etc would've been the same. At least now I know and as he heals I'll get him in to a rehab place and maybe do acupuncture or laser.
    I did order the hock brace and that will help on walks and such but he's not to wear it at home or he'll become dependent on it.
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  8. Piper's mom

    Piper's mom Moderator

    Jun 26, 2015
    Winnipeg Mb
    Called my vet today to get a referral to a rehab specialist for Finnie. I figure get him in now and start on anything that will help him. She also does acupuncture and laser therapy. I want to speed his healing as much as I can and get him back to normal now that we know what the problem is.
    Hock brace should come tomorrow, hopefully when I'm home!
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  9. Piper's mom

    Piper's mom Moderator

    Jun 26, 2015
    Winnipeg Mb
    Happy day...the brace was delivered and it fits! He just wore it for the modelling and to see if he would tolerate it and he doesn't seem to mind too much.
    Also had a call from physiotherapist, our vet phoned in referral this morning so we have our first appointment on March 18th (they're booked up until then). It's a good thing I decided to call now as he can heal more and be ready to get physio by then.
    I love our vet, so prompt! IMG_5445.JPG IMG_5444.JPG
  10. Darren

    Darren Premium Member

    Nov 1, 2019
    That looks really good and it's great to see he doesn't really mind it! Hopefully that will help with the support and at least prevent him doing anymore damage.
    It also an added bonus that he actually looks great wearing it haha

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