Thursday, March 8, 2012

My Friend, Time

I have finally resolved to rest Riley.  We obtained a second opinion from Dr. Dee in Hollywood, Florida.  He is the orthopedic specialist that has seen every possible racing greyhound injury and was also the vet we consulted for a final opinion on her hock fracture.  We sent him the history, photos, and x-rays.  He was super nice to respond quickly, but had no magic answers..... time may be your friend he said.  It will be my very best friend if it heals this.

One of the photos we sent is above.  The right rear has a toe that now angles out (toe farthest to the left of photo).  You can see that her left rear does not have the same structure.  The toe itself is fine... it just angles out.  I am not sure if this was caused by the puncture that happened in mid-December or the fetching injury in January.  Are they related?  Did the puncture lead to the second one?  Or is it just a coincidence that the exact same area would be affected by two different injuries?

There is really nothing else to do, but rest it.  How long?  I am not sure.  I just hope it heals.  In the meanwhile, we have started tracking.  Tracking is one of those things I have attempted a few times, but have never gotten far.  Maybe I will finish what I start this time.  I have also started scheduling her for swimming once a week.  The goal is to safely exhaust her.  I also do not limit her leash walking as it does not worsen the injury.  Right now, she is sound, but I know that any amount of craziness would likely make her sore again.  For now, we will be tame.
I hate to always be wishing for time to fly.  It flies without any help already.  There are so many great things coming up that I do not want to rush through.... but I also want to hurry up and have Riley back into agility.

18 comments:

Laurie Gramlich said...

Possibly wrapping the foot before any exercise/running might support and hold that toe in to avoid further injury and give it time to heal? Just a thought. Have fun with tracking!

andrea said...

fingers crossed!!

hard to know how long to wait eh? I'm very patient about some things - and super impatient about things like this!

andrea said...

fingers crossed!!

hard to know how long to wait eh? I'm very patient about some things - and super impatient about things like this!

Anonymous said...

Good luck. He is so lucky to have picked you as his friend and owner.
Dennis/Dad

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

I've definitely thought about wrapping... the problem is I'm afraid I am putting other structures at risk. If the wrap covers bottom of her foot, she has less traction and is more likely to slip and hurt something else. Could I just do a piece of tape? But then I have to worry about it being wet if I leave it on or pulling off hair if I take it off. But definitely something to think about when I bring her back. Might be smart to do at least the first few times I really let her rip. I'm hoping that by then the summer heat will take her down a notch.

houndstooth said...

I would think wrapping might help, too. There are people who use wraps to protect dew claws during certain sports, I wonder if you could make something simple that would slide over her foot and give her support. You could leave the toe open that way and give her a little traction, or perhaps even put something tacky on the bottom of the bandage.

I've loved seeing Kuster learn tracking. He and hubby are off today for the weekend, actually, for a big training seminar. I think Riley would enjoy it, but it is a lot different from agility. The backpacks are great, too, because they let you adjust the weight. I've learned not to put much in there initially so they get used to it, but Bunny carries plenty of weight easily, although Morgan carries a lot more. Bunny is pretty petite, though.

jcp said...

Sounds like you are looking to make the most of the down time. That's great!

K-Koira said...

It is so hard to wait, especially when your dog looks sound. Hopefully time will heal it though.

gyeong said...

I just came back from visiting a friend with English Cockers who does tracking. She couldn't stop talking about how much fun it is. Maybe not so much when you're standing in mud in a cold rain.

Corbin said...

I've been healing up too, I know it's been hard on my momma to sit back and wait and watch. Hope it heals quickly!
-Corbin

Heather (jerZgirl) said...

Fingers crossed! I am so not patient...good luck with tracking!

Kathy said...

I hope she heals soon Jen. In the mean time, enjoy tracking. Canine Ranch has a tracking class.

Hiking Hounds said...

It's so hard to be tame. :-) I've been wanting to try tracking too. You'll have to tell us how it goes. I hope time will help her toe.

Michelle said...

Best of luck!

Elaine Summerhill said...

Jennifer... If you decide to use tape, which I would recommend over vet wrap, get Elastikon. It stretches. Cut the Elastikon in 1/2-3/4" strip and use it to stabilize the toe. At 1/2", it is thin enough to not affect traction as badly as vet wrap would affect it. You only need one strip. To remove the Elastikon, you can peel it off or use some cooking oil as that softens the adhesive.

Trina said...

it is hard to be patient, but the wrapping idea sounds good. Hope she heals quickly!

Sue aka Greyhound Lover said...

Difficult one but I would wait it out and try the tracking. Hope you have funxxxx

Jemma the Chihuahua said...

We don't know anything about canine toe injuries, but hoping that Riley will heal soon!