Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bum Leg

How horribly ironic that I just posted a couple of days ago about doing more stretching and conditioning with Marge so as to thwart injury.

The last couple of days, Marge looked stiff when she got up after sleeping a while. I wasn't completely sure, but she seemed to favor her right hind just a tiny bit for the first few steps. Yet, her gait looked fine, and the walk we went on yesterday went fine as well. I even took some video today out in the field and was going to post it, since I couldn't find anything wrong with the way she was moving.

Today, I thought I saw her shifting her weight from the right hind to the left hind. Again, I wasn't sure if I was turning something into nothing... as I told my friend Roxanne, who so graciously gave me her thoughts about the whole thing (she's got a dog with bad knees, Ginko), if you're looking for something to be wrong, you're bound to find something wrong. So, I stopped worrying about it for the evening and decided to see what tomorrow will bring.

Just now, however, things got a little worse. I was sitting, playing with Marge on the floor, and I guess somehow her back leg hit into my body, maybe at an awkward angle. Then, she really started limping, and held her foot in the air for a couple of seconds. Once again, the limp subsided, and her movement was normal or close to it, but now I knew for sure that I saw something. I sent her directly to lay down.

The only possible cause I can think of is her zoomy burst on the beach on Tuesday. She hasn't done agility or anything like that lately.

I guess it's time for the vet. I originally thought this may be a joint issue, since she worked out of it so quickly, but now I'm not so sure. We'll see what tomorrow brings, but I have a feeling a trip to the doctor is in our schedule.

I really hope what ever this is isn't severe. True to my nature as a worrier, some scary thoughts are brewing inside my head. Send your good thoughts our way, please.


houndstooth March 18, 2010 at 10:26 PM  

My best bet is a muscle pull, but I have my fingers crossed for you that it's nothing!

Golden Samantha March 18, 2010 at 10:33 PM  

Oh dear, Marge. I'm sending my strongest golden vibes your way that your knee gets furry better furry soon!
Big Hugs xo

RILEY AND STAR MY MALTESEKIDS March 18, 2010 at 10:44 PM  

Oh no! Marge, we really hope and pray that you have not injured yourself too badly. Just rest and take care of yourself until the doctor looks at it.

Good luck and keep us all posted, please! We luv you and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Riley and Star.

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! March 18, 2010 at 10:59 PM  

We'll be sending some GoldenSibe Vibes from 'next door'!

Khyra & Khousin Merdie

Kathy Mocharnuk March 18, 2010 at 11:25 PM  

good thoughts sent for as many alternating hot and cold packs as you can and you can try some gentle walking to keep it from getting stiff if she will put weight on it, and have her take it easy and hopefully it is just a bump, we will be anxiously waiting news....

Kathy Mocharnuk March 18, 2010 at 11:33 PM  

Hey, just got your comment about the rally, and thanks, I sure hope we can do rally with the Liz eventually, I was hoping that rally would really help us bridge the gap between training and trialing in agility, and I am sure she will be able to do it eventually....but right now it sure seems to bring out too much handler focus in her in agility, poor Liz...but leave it to Liz to not react to things like other dogs, LOL, always taking things a step further then most.

Anyway, thanks again and take care of Marge!

Lorenza March 18, 2010 at 11:47 PM  

I hope Marge is not in a lot of pain!
Much better going to see the Vet and to make sure everything is going to be ok!
Paws crossed!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

kissa-bull March 18, 2010 at 11:56 PM  

we're having ALL our paws crossed for sure and thats a lotta paws
im sure wiff that and our pibble feel better vibes your feel better in no time
pibble sugars and wee wags
the pittie pack

kissa-bull March 18, 2010 at 11:58 PM  

sowy ish ush again
we were wondering if you'd be shoo kind ash to shend ush your mailing address we're helping mommish make easter cards for our furryends and we'd like to send you one
our peemail address ish thehoustonpittiepackATyahooDOTcom
ok bye!

Martha March 19, 2010 at 3:34 AM  

Poor Marge, always best to get these things checked out just in case but hopefully nothing serious.
We notice Bailey stiffens up after her walks sometimes - especially when she has been running.
We think this is her joints which is pretty common in bassets as they get older.
That wouldn't explain things for Marge as she is young and fit. Maybe she has pulled something tearing around the beach.
Let us know how you get on.

Sara March 19, 2010 at 6:12 AM  

Oh no. I'm so sorry to hear Marge is limping a bit.

I agree with Kathy...cold/hot packs. Plus some gentle massaging of the leg. Walking, no running or jumping.....Hey, I wonder how I know these things? LOL.

I hope Marge is already feeling better after a night's rest.

Chris and Ricky March 19, 2010 at 7:05 AM  

We're definitely sending good thoughts your way! Please try not to worry - it doesn't help anything (mom knows this as she is a HUGE worrier herself)! Hope you get good news from the vet today - or better yet - Marge is fine this morning!

Diana March 19, 2010 at 7:49 AM  

I use to have this springer spaniel. If he hurt his leg and then you reacted and went over and inspected it, the limp got so much worse. Then if you said, "oh, your ok" in a happy voice. The limp went away. Dogs are funny on what they pick up on. Sending positive , healing thougths your way. Diana

Jules March 19, 2010 at 8:14 AM  

I hope it is nothing. PLease keep us posted!

I hate to say it, but Bug typically hurts himself the most doing "dog" stuff or just normal every day things. Nothing to do with agility or herding - which is very frustratinG!

Ruby and Penny March 19, 2010 at 8:52 AM  

Oh no Marge. We hope your leg is feeling better soon. Take it easy.
Love Ruby & Penny

Life With Dogs March 19, 2010 at 9:24 AM  

I'm hoping all you are looking at is a little inflammation - we have had a number of scares that turned out to be the same. Does Marge get anything with glucosamine in it? Just curious.

Good luck today!

KB March 19, 2010 at 9:43 AM  

Paws are crossed here in Colorado. I'd place my bets on something minor since Marge has been so active for so long with few problems.

KB March 19, 2010 at 9:43 AM  

Paws are crossed here in Colorado. I'd place my bets on something minor since Marge has been so active for so long with few problems.

Cyndi and Stumpy March 19, 2010 at 9:49 AM  

Ouch! No zoomies for Marge, for a couple of days. I am sure she'll be fine!

SissySees March 19, 2010 at 10:24 AM  

Sending healing thoughts Marge's way!

Anna the GSD March 19, 2010 at 10:42 AM  

Oh no! I'm sure it's just a sore muscle from your super sonic zoomies! Feel better and tell mom to get you some ice cream to make you feel even better!

Frankie Furter and Ernie March 19, 2010 at 11:50 AM  

My Paws are crossed for you.

Deborah March 19, 2010 at 12:21 PM  

OH MY, I hope it's nothing and I'm SENDING VERY GOOD THOUGHTS your way!!!
I am a big worrier also and I'm at the vets a lot because of that. I will have eveyone cross their paws for you!
Have a nice weekend.

Anonymous March 19, 2010 at 1:01 PM  

Oh, I am Most Sorry to hear this. I will be sending my warmest, best get well thoughts to Marge. Brudder Ranger has had that happen a couple of times and my mom gives him a baby aspirin which helps him lots. (Mom says to be sure to call your vet first, tho.)

Wiggles & Wags,

The Army of Four March 19, 2010 at 1:08 PM  

We sure hope Marge is OK!!! We'll say a prayer for her. Hopefully it's just a little muscle pull or something and with rest she'll be as good as new!
Play bows,

Sue March 19, 2010 at 3:35 PM  

Sounds like there's a little pain there. Do you have any Rimadyl on hand? I always try that first. If you can figure out where the pain is, hot compresses might help. It's hard to pinpoint the painful area sometimes. best to get it checked out, especially with a trial approaching.

Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart March 19, 2010 at 3:48 PM  

Oh, shoot! Here I'm telling you not to worry, to give it time. I hope she feels better very soon.

Gus, Louie and Callie March 19, 2010 at 5:35 PM  

Think positive Mom.. It will make Marge feel lots better. Huge Heeler vibes go out to you.. The power of the paw at work again..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

LauraK March 19, 2010 at 6:35 PM  

It's no fun having a hurt dog and worrying all the time, trust me- we've been there for the past couple months. Best of luck to you girls, hopefully it's nothing serious!

Muttsandaklutz March 19, 2010 at 9:19 PM  

Dang, sorry to hear that. Sending positive healing vibes Marge's way. Hope she's back to 100% asap!

Dexter March 20, 2010 at 8:39 AM  

We're thinking of you! Momma thinks it is always best to go to the vet even though it costs lots of dollars because then you know what is going on. Sure hope it isn't serious.


BRUTUS March 22, 2010 at 4:44 PM  

Just now catching up myself! Don't know how I keep getting so far behind on all my pals' blogs!! That was some tree that fell on your grandma's house!! And what a lovely visit to the beach! So sorry to hear about the bum leg, but at least it sounds like the sort of thing that is just a little bump in the road, not permanent. Hope Marge is feeling better soon - I'm sure it weighs heavy on you to know she's hurting!


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