Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Strategy

Riley has been mostly fine since her mysterious, but very painful, two-day lameness two weeks ago.  Of course, she was fine when we arrived at the vet on the third day.  Since I had no idea what I was dealing with, I went ahead and stressed the foot to see if we could determine what it was..... or just get lucky and never see it again. 

The first day I took Riley jogging and we ended up going three miles with no problems.  The next day, I tried a little agility.  She was still sound so we did more agility.  The session ended up being a fairly vigorous training workout.  Of course, Riley is a high energy greyhound.  A three mile jog one day and agility the next does nothing to curb her energy level.  She really needed to run so I closed my eyes and let her do her laps.  She was still sound.

Well, the next day we were headed to another agility trial and I was hoping I might actually get to compete her.  On the first day (Friday), I warmed Riley up with one hour of walking.  I decided I better let her run a little so I put her in a stay, ran to the other side of the field, and released her.  She caught up to me and then did several spins before I recalled her out of her craziness.  And dang it!  I saw a couple of funny steps.  She was then immediately fine again, but Riley appeared to have pain when I flexed her foot like this:
So I pulled Riley from the trial all three days.  It was again very disappointing.  Other than the trial at the beginning of January, Riley and I have not competed since last May (due to sprained toe and then hock fracture).

I took Riley back to the vet the following Monday.  Again, she was fine, but our working diagnosis is this.  We do not think there is a foreign body leftover from the puncture that happened in mid-December, but we believe the puncture did some damage to the toe/metatarsal joint. The 2nd knuckle from the outside is definitely larger (I am pointing to it in the picture below). The outside toe also appears to be slightly splayed out more than it used to.  Maybe something connective is torn in there.
I am going to restrict her to leash walking for 4 to 6 weeks and treat her with K-laser (cold laser). Then we will see what happens from there.

13 comments:

Declan said...

Poor girl. Good job she has you to really take care of her Deccy x

gyeong said...

Hope the mystery pain goes away.

Mad Red Hare said...

Darn it. Sadie has dislocated a couple of different toes and they still appear larger than the others. That laser looks interesting though. Hope you have success with it.

Apex Agility Greyhounds said...

Poor Riley. :( Summit has two enlarged knuckles. We radiographed the first one which just showed arthritis. I never bothered with the second one. I assume they were probably injuries from his race days, but I'll never know. I hope Riley is feeling better soon!

Derby said...

Poor Sweetie! I hope Derby's former foster sister gets back to frolicking as usual

2 dogs + 1 cat + 2 humans said...

oh dear!! I hope she improves quickly!

andrea said...

RATS ....
and good call!

Susan McKeon said...

Poor Riley. We're keeping all our fingers and toes crossed for her. Having had similar issues with Mina, I really feel for you both.

In Mina's case we ended up amputating the toe :( It's not slowed her down though and we're now just starting our agility journey!

Sending you healing vibes from across the pond.

Sue aka Greyhound Lover said...

Hope you've finally go to the bottom Of Riley's paw problem and can start to work back to fitness. Sending huge hugs xxxx

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

Poor Riley, she'll be wondering if she can ever romp around like she used to:( Hope the laser works, something has to, surely! Sending lots of good luck wishes.

Katie said...

How frustrating! I hope whatever it is heals up soon and completely.

houndstooth said...

Oh, poor girl! She's had a rough time with injuries lately. I hope the rest will do the trick and she'll be able to compete again come Spring!

Yvonne said...

Have you tried Zheng Gu Shui Analgesic Liniment

Its really effective