Doesn’t Thunder look pitiful?
Back in July we took Thunder to the vet to have his left leg checked. He was limping on and off and we were concerned that training and testing was further injuring it. We are lucky because our vet has an orthopedic vet on staff. The orthopedic vet manipulated Thunder’s leg, took x-rays of his wrist, elbow and shoulder and felt it was a soft tissue injury. Thunder was prescribed medication which helped and that problem seems to have resolved.
Then in August he was doing some of his crazy water entries…
…and he came up lame again. However, this time it was his right leg. He would limp when he first got up from rest and then it would resolve. We cut back on his training and that seemed to help. A couple of weeks ago he finished his medication and the limp seemed to be worse and was happening just about every time he got up and tried to walk. I also noticed a bit of swelling around his wrist. It was not swollen all of the time, but was there and then would go away.
Time to go visit the orthopedic vet again. I pointed out the swelling on Thunder’s wrist and this time when the vet manipulated it he heard a little “clicking”. The vet said it could be strained ligaments that Thunder keeps re-injuring before they get a chance to heal. Just to make sure he took x-rays of the right wrist, elbow and shoulder. Again the x-rays were clear: no fractures, arthritis, tears, tumors.
So that is the diagnosis: “strained ligaments”. The vet recommended putting a cast on his leg to take the pressure off the ligaments and give them a chance to heal completely. It is a “walking” cast so there is a bend in it, but Thunder is on limited activity and it has to be kept dry.
So yeah, waterfowl opens on Saturday and somebody is in a cast for 2-4 weeks…