Send good thoughts for my dog- surgery tomorrow...
My awesome little agility dog refused a jump at a trial 3 weeks ago. VERY out of character for her and it got to me a bit as she actually walked up to it and then went around it. But it was actually snowy and wet and slippery so it could have been that. I brought her to my vet the next day and she said nothing was wrong with her and it was a training issue. I was not convinced as this dog usually tears up the course. I continued to trial her and at the next trial she refused the A Frame with a very sad look on her face and I carried her off course. We trotted her out and noticed a funny gait behind. I had the massage therapist look on her and she found her to be tight in her hip.
So that week I brought her to the professional canine therapy and rehab place nearby. By now there were obvious gait changes behind, particularly right hind. She found her to be sore in her iliopsoas muscle and other hip flexors and that she was not using the right hind to its full extent because of this. She has had laser treatments and strengthening exercise but she wanted her to keep working as usual.
I had still noticed gait changes but kept working on strengthening. Tuesday of this week she refused the a-frame multiple times in practice and then quit on me in a jumpers sequence. That was it. Off to the ortho.
She saw the ortho specialist today and he found her to have at minimum a retinacular tear in her right hind knee that has caused instability in the patella (patella is all over the place which was NEVER an issue in this dog). He also thinks there is cruciate involvement. Radiographs didn't show anything obvious which indicates a traumatic injury, likely a slip in the snow/wet grass at that trial.
So, tomorrow she will have surgery. First they will do arthroscopy to inspect the cruciate. If that is fine, they will move right into stabilizing the patella. If the cruciate is bad, they will fix it and the patella at the same time.
I am so worried about my baby girl. She is my heart dog and the absolute love of my life. I am hoping to get her sound enough to continue to compete, but we shall see. She is a once in a lifetime dog.
Thanks Ben and Me!
I force myself to do things other than vet school or I go crazy. Agility is my "thing." My horses are fat and happy and doing absolutely nothing. But the dogs keep me sane! So much easier to work with them as I can fit in 10 minutes here and there during study breaks whereas my horses are 45 minutes from school and take up half the day to get a ride in.
My classmates still think I'm crazy.
If riding were all blue ribbons and bright lights, I would have quit long ago.
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2014
Jingles, jingles, jingling. So us Menagerie folks may not have curb chains handy; maybe they are packed away in a box in the basement, but I have an old choke chain in the bottom of the toy basket I am jingling for your girl.
The surgery went very well. Arthroscopy showed no damage to the cruciate. YAY!
So she had the patella stabilized and is awake and recovering. I can't pick her up until Sunday which just may kill me. She is my heart and the love of my life. My other dogs (especially the 4 month old boston) are beside themselves without Abby to boss them around.
Thank you for all the compliments on my little "flying brick." I was an aussie person until I stumbled across this breed. Now I am a Boston and Aussie person. They are amazing little dogs that are smart as can be and the absolute best companions I could ask for. And super good at agility!! Mine have a little more nose than most, even my bitch that does very well in conformation. I choose and breed them based on athleticism and structure and function vs most who breed for a super pushed in face and bulldog build, which is not true to the breed but is trendy.