Monday, October 1, 2012

Seriously?

**Warning**  This post contains a lot of complaining.

Seven has a busted carpal joint (wrist)!  After having several great agility trials, she suddenly came up lame during agility class.  Since she is a drama queen and often fakes broken legs, I gave her a few minutes to walk out of it and she did.  She finished class.

Well, it happened again at our next training session.  I gave her a couple of days off and she continued to be lame off and on despite the rest.  I determined that it was her wrist as there seemed to be discomfort in that area.

Seven's left wrist lacks flexibility and I have known that for awhile.  It flexes at a 90 degree angle where as the right carpal joint can flex further.  Neither are as flexible as they should be.
 Right wrist with more acute angle
Left wrist with a more open angle and less flexibility

I had it x-rayed and confirmed that there is significant arthritis in the joint.  I started her on Adequan immediately.  It has an excellent track record of helping arthritic joints and I hope it will help.  BUT SEVEN IS ONLY FOUR YEARS OLD!!!  My head is spinning.  Do I continue to do things that will break her down?  If she retires early, what the heck am I going to do with her?  How did I get this unlucky?  I am sick of problems, injuries, treatment, early retirement, and rehab.  It is all so expensive and not much fun.
Reagan

First there was Reagan, who became too noise sensitive and terrified of travel to compete in agility.  And at the ripe old age of five years old is sitting in my house most days while me and my other hounds are out having fun.  God Bless the husband for including Reagan on his old dog outings.  She is able to tolerate 10 minute trips in his vehicle to a lake shore where she can play fetch and sniff around a few times a week, but otherwise she plays fetch in the yard and that is about it.
Riley

Of course, you all know that Riley was out a whole year because of the fractured hock and then a punctured joint.  I was so glad to have gotten Seven.  She was basically Reagan's replacement and while I knew a puppy was a  possibility, I was worried that in the meanwhile all of my eggs would be in Riley's basket.  If anything happened to Riley (and it did), I would have not have a dog to do anything with.  Plus the age spacing between Riley and a puppy was going to be too great.... I really needed a dog between them.

So that is my complaint as of lately.  Any visions of a long agility career for Seven are being flushed down the toilet most likely.  It is just so disappointing when she is just so awesome.

On Wednesday, Seven is being seen by an orthopedic specialist and we are sedating her for thorough x-rays.  Think positive thoughts...

15 comments:

Cat said...

crap. :( Good thoughts for optimistic news this week.

GreyhoundGeek said...

So sorry to hear this Jenn, I've recently been forced to accept that Data may never be a great Agility dog, due to a right front shoulder injury that is beginning to look like it may never fully heal (even quick digging in her bed will cause lameness the next day).

It's never easy to let go of dreams that might have been, but we've all got our fingers crossed that Wednesday brings good news for the both of you.

andrea said...

RATS! and best healing thoughts too

Hiking Hounds said...

Oh no, I'm so sorry. It's really disappointing to a great dog that can't do some things because of health problems. I hope that it's not so bad that she has to retire all together. Sending good thought to Seven.

Stoutheartedhounds said...

I'm so sorry :-( If it makes you feel any better I haven't been having the best of luck either with respect to injuries.

gyeong said...

Crap luck! Hope she can recover enough to have a long career.

Those Brindle Kids said...

Best wishes to her. Hope it's all good news.

Apex Agility Greyhounds said...

Thinking positive thoughts....

Gosh you're right though, she has terrible flexibility in both carpi. They should flex right back so the paw pad touches the leg. Summit's do and I'm sure he has a touch of arthritis.

houndstooth said...

Oh, I'm really sorry! I know she's done so well for you so far. Is it possible that she could do something with you that would be lower impact? I know there are tons of dog sports out there, and more pop up every day, it seems. As smart and hard-working as she is, I hope that you can find something that works for both of you!

Claire Krigbaum said...

Gosh. That is complete and total crap! Thinking gooooood thoughts for you both.

What Remains Now said...

How lousy! Sending the best thoughts possible your way.

Pip C said...

Oh- really sorry to hear that- I hope you get some good news from further investigations. You and Seven are such a great team.

Team Zero Gravity said...

Jen--I'm so sorry. I know how disappointing it is. I know how bummed was when Cori's heart issues were discovered. I hope things can be resolved for Seven. As someone mentioned, there are some other low impact sports you can do with her if things gets worse. I know you weren't looking for more sports, but there's tracking and noseworks for example.

jcp said...

That's frustrating and it SUCKS!

IHeartDogs said...

My gosh, that is terrible luck. I'm so sorry. Hoping for the best news possible...