It is supposed to turn hot and humid again this weekend. It was nice this past week to go out and do some training without a lot of humidity. It is summer and I suppose the humidity was bound to return at some point. On this particular training day the brown dawgs did a water double and we ran a couple of land blinds. It has been so dry around here that we have very limited water to train in and as you saw in my Wordless Wednesday post, we have to share with the blow-boaters who informed me that they were having their regatta. Had to laugh at that, but they have been pretty good about sharing the water.
Storm was very enthusiastic to train, but her marking was not as good as usual. Her handling kind of stunk too. She is due to come into season and Thunder has been showing a lot of interest in her so that may be why she is just not focused at times.
Some pictures of her work:
Next up was Thunder. He did great on both marks and the blinds. I have video of his blind work, but I haven’t had a chance to upload it. I will try for next week.
Thunder spent yesterday at the vet. On and off this summer he has come up lame in his front leg after training. We rest him and it goes away, but then once he starts running again, the limp reappears. We have him entered in some tests coming up and I was starting to worry that maybe he needed total rest. The clinic where we take our animals has an orthopedic vet on staff. By chance I called yesterday to see when he would be seeing patients and he was seeing them that morning, but only for a couple of hours. I threw Thunder in the car and headed off. While any of the vets could have handled this, I really wanted the orthopedic vet to look at him. Usually when we have a dog with a limp, they will gimp all around the house and then you get them to the vet and presto no limp. I was pretty sure Thunder would limp a bit at the vet.
First the orthopedic vet had me move Thunder down the hall so that he could watch his gait. Then he felt and manipulated the leg that was not affected, and then the one with the limp. He said he didn’t feel anything out-of-place or loose. Thunder is getting older and he is a big dog that runs hard. I asked if maybe we should just retire him from training/testing. It is supposed to be fun and not cause the doggie to come up lame.
The vet did not think total rest or retirement was necessary. He felt he could manage the issue with medication while Thunder is training/testing but wanted permission to take a couple of x-rays of his joints. He said that he doesn’t like to just throw medication at a problem without knowing what he is throwing the medication at. Also, he likes to take a holistic approach where appropriate. I was fine with this approach, (and figured he would want x-rays). Thunder’s elbows OFA’ed normal when he was about 2 years old, but the orthopedic vet was looking for any injury or arthritis. He was also going to check his wrist for injury or arthritis and shoulder for injury, arthritis and tendonitis. Unfortunately they would need to sedate him to get good pictures so Thunder spent the day. (No hard feelings Thunder, right?) It was good timing because the vet had a light surgery schedule and would be there to go over results when we picked up Thunder that evening. Sometimes things just work out.
The good news is that his x-rays were clear. The vet went over them with us in great detail, and explained what any problems would have looked like. Actually, Thunder’s joints look very nice. I think the vet was a bit intrigued by Thunder’s case because he took a couple of extra x-rays for his own information and did not charge us. We decided to put Thunder on a course of medication for about a month to see if we can make the limp go away. Then we will probably introduce some supplements for his joints and maybe manage with additional medication, but we will wait and see how he does in the next month.
We have two training days planned for this weekend. Hopefully we will see some improvement.
Have a nice weekend!