Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Invitational Prep - Part 2

Seven only qualified once out of three runs.  I scratched her from the last run of the trial because it had so many hard left turns.  As you know, Seven has had some issues with her left carpal joint that we have been seeing a rehab specialist for.
What the heck are these?

Once Seven got over the wrist being inflamed and it settled down, she was back to running just fine.  But once every two weeks or so, she would tweak it just right on a tight left turn and come up lame for a few minutes.  Kind of like twisting your ankle and then walking out of it.
The rehab specialist thinks that she has some ligaments that have been over stretched and if she torques her carpal joint, she over stretches them again and triggers the short, but acute lameness.  The rehab doctor suggested these carpal boots to help reduce torque.  She thinks if we can prevent the torque over a period of time that Seven's injury will heal.  No one seems to think the arthritis shown in her x-rays is the problem.  Seven cannot compete in the boots, but she can train and practice while wearing them.  I am not sold on them yet, but we had been giving them a try.
However, the week before the Invitational, Seven has started coming up lame after ever tight left turn.  She can gallop all day in a straight line, but turn her left while jumping and she comes up lame every time now

So unfortunately, I think Seven's chance to run in the Invitational is evaporating.  Here is her clean jumpers run from Friday, November 30th though.


What Remains Now said...

Wishing you and Seven the best as you work through this.

Those Brindle Kids said...

It's always amazing to see your dogs on these courses. The height and arc Seven gets on that first jump is incredible. Hope she's able to overcome the trouble very quickly -

K-Koira said...

That is too bad that she is having so many issues with that carpal joint. Does she still have her dew claws? I know there is a decent amount of research (check out Dr. Chris Zink if you are interested) about how removing dew claws can cause some serious damage to the carpal joint.

I use carpal booties for one of my dogs in flyball (they are allowed to compete with them on). I don't know that they actually help support the joint at all. They just help keep her from burning up her pads as much with the quick speed ups and slow downs that flyball requires.

Hope Seven gets to feeling better, and gets those issues worked out.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Koira, I think I saw the article you are talking about. And interestingly, Seven is my only hound with dew claws. Makes me wonder how much worse it might be if she didn't have them.

Thanks for all the kind thoughts and well wishes.

jet said...

I hope the vets are right and that she can heal eventually from this problem. I love watching Seven run courses!

Kim said...

I've always wondered if carpal boots actually supported the joint in a dog but the 'wondering' part has kept me from trying out a pair for my girl. Could Seven have developed a case of tendonitis in her wrist as a result of the on/off torquing? I hope you and the rehab vet figure this out...it's frustrating sometimes that our dogs can't speak english.