Monday, November 10, 2014

Riley's Latest Comeback

Riley is in the process of making her latest comeback. Her toe has been doing well, but not without lots of concern and threats to just take it off.  So far I'm glad I stuck with it because it has been holding up to Riley's wear and tear as she gets back to activity.
I definitely have mixed feelings about cutting her nails back so short. I still think cutting the nail on the dislocated toe back to the hairline was probably wise and I plan to keep it super short for the rest of her life. Getting rid of the length of the nail really takes off a tremendous amount pressure from the toe. But my vet cut all of the nails on that foot very short so I had a entire foot of quicked nails to deal with and they grew back very slow.  The first week or two that Riley was allowed to start back to activity, I had to deal with nails bleeding again. I had to keep her off of concrete and gravel. It was very aggravating. Now that we are well past that, it is nice that the nails are very short especially since there is a toe that is permanently damaged on that foot. I am finally able to dremel them again.

Riley's first agility trial back is November 22nd. Wish us luck!

9 comments:

Apex Agility Greyhounds said...

She looks great, as always. Best of luck, and I hope her toe holds up to her crazy self!

YIKMDLF said...

Good luck! Here's hoping Riley's toe does as well as the rest of her.

Hazel said...

Power had many dislocated toes and broken toes in his racing accident, and the doctors amputated one toe due to severity of injury. He walks well but cannot take a lot of heavy exercise on those feet. I hope Riley fares very well!

Hiking Hounds said...

Glad to see Riley's toe seems to be doing better. It's been a long time since I've commented, and I actually came to ask you a toe injury question. Hope that is ok.

Astro had a toe injury back in April/May while playing. I'm not sure what really happened because I didn't hear a yelp, he didn't even show pain until the next morning and there was hardly any noticeable inflammation at first. It seems to be in the area of P2 in his right front foot on the 2nd toe from the inside. He's had two sets of x-rays and been to an orthopedic specialist. The x-rays show no bone or joint damage and the conclusion was a soft tissue injury and rest was recommended. I did months of rest. We returned to agility and things went well for awhile, but the inflammation has now returned. Since you've had so much experience with toe injuries I thought I would see if you had any ideas for getting it correctly diagnosed, possible treatment, or even Dr. recommendations. I'd really like to get him on the right track. It's been hard to even find a DVM with experience in this type of injury. I'm feeling a bit desperate. Thanks for any ideas. :-)

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

I know my vet would put a suture in to tighten things up and to encourage scar tissue. You might find the nearest track and try to find out what vet they use. A little surgery or injecting it with sclerosing agents would be my recommendation. Or have your ortho consult with Dr. John Dee in Hollywood, FL. Maybe he can guide the ortho. Another idea... prolo is getting popular which stimulates scar tissue. Might inject it with prolo and splint it for 10 days or so so the scar tissue forms with the toe in the right shape. Regardless, have the nail cut to the hairline. I'm so glad that Riley's was done now. The quick has barely grown out at all so I've been dremeling the shell of a nail that has grown. The nail is never going to be anymore than a tiny nub. Getting rid of it takes a lot of pressure off the toe. At the very least, that might help some. But you probably have to do something to cause scar tissue.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

How far are you from Livermore, CA? You might go see Dr. Gary Brown. Helen Hamilton works in the same clinic and he has done a lot of toe work for her.

Trina said...

Good luck, Riley! I hope her toe holds up!

Hiking Hounds said...

Thanks Jennifer! This is great information that I have never heard before. I will definitely be asking about these options. I think I remember reading on one of your other posts about needing scar tissue to form. We have a track in Tucson. I'll see if I can find their vet. His nail is pretty short, definitely doesn't touch the ground when standing. That said, a lot of the swelling is in the front of the toe and looks like it could be the dorsal elastic ligament. I've wondered if the nail/toe went under and that's what caused this. But, I haven't even been able to get a good diagnosis on which ligament or tendon is the issue. I'm wondering if I should have an MRI or some other imaging done. I'll ask about clipping the nail though. Livermore is about a day and half drive from me. I've met Helen and talked to her when Zephyr was sick. If I can't make any progress with the Drs. here I will be up for the drive. Thanks for your help, I really appreciate it!

Hiking Hounds said...

Are you familiar with a Dr. Radcliffe in West Virginia? I was on the Facebook group Canine Conditioning and Body Awareness Exercises and someone recommended him. She had a dog who had a toe ligament injury. Said he is very knowledgeable about toe injuries and has worked a lot with greyhounds. I might contact him to if he can recommend someone out here or do a phone consultation. Sorry for all the long posts.