The problem is that when Seven is goofing off, playing rough, or does a hard left turn in agility, she sometimes comes up acutely lame for a few minutes. Then she walks out of it as if it never happened. She often does very well running agility despite the tight left turns. As long as I give timely cues, she seems to be able to manage her left turns very well. She might also like agility so much that she does not complain that often on course. But playing with Maddie, galloping on uneven ground, or chasing a toy can cause several minutes of limping.
Seven currently takes joint supplements and fish oil daily. I also give her an Adequan injection once a month that helps to rebuild cartilage. But she is still having a five minutes of lameness about 1-3 times a week. The rehab vet researched injecting the joint directly and spoke to an orthopedic specialist. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) was recommended.
I spoke to my orthopedic specialist vet and he agreed that injecting with PRP was worth a try. The idea behind it is that when you have an injury, blood goes to the injury and platelets concentrate at the area to increase healing. So by injecting platelets directly into the joint, you are increasing what the body already does.
I liked the idea because we were not injecting Seven's joint with something foreign or a steroid. The platelets are taken from the patient's own blood. If it works, repeat treatments are usually needed about every 6 months.
The injection was performed on the floor of an exam room. Seven laid flat with a tech holding her leg and making sure she did not jump up. I dug my fingers into a tub of cream cheese and allowed her to lick off the creamy goodness as the unpleasant injection was conducted. I LOVE food motivated dogs. I don't think Seven even noticed. It worked like a charm!
Seven was given 5 days off from sharp turns. She did straight line jump grids yesterday and was fine. We will try more in the coming weeks. I have kept a journal for the last couple of months so I know how often her issue pops up and why so it will be interesting to compare the next couple of months.
I hope it works!