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IT"S NOT OSTEO!! So glad!!!

 

The vet specialist (orthopedic surgeon) didn't even take x-rays. It was totally obvious to her--and this is, while good news, also news that will keep us on our toes--that it's "common calcanal tendon partial rupture". What's mysterious is is that Tracker isn't lame on that leg. So while she couldn't rule out completely some other type of tumor (and for potential growth we'll have her look at it again in 1 month), she's 99% sure it's a torn tendon. She suggested to not let him run off leash, but otherwise walk him normally on leash--his leg would tell me if things got worse. There was the option to do surgery, but that would be painful and require a loooong recovery, physical therapy plus wearing a brace during that time. The one thing I could do is get him a brace now to keep the tendon from tearing further, but that wouldn't be exactly much fun for Tracker. She was open to it, though.

 

With all this info in mind--any suggestions for a situation like this? Now of course I'm looking at him like a hawk, figuring this thing will tear shortly right in front of my eyes.

 

Also--any recommendations for hock support wraps/bandages? Or should I stay away from them?

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So glad it is not osteo. My husband had a partial Achilles tendon rupture and even for him the treatment was to stop running and see how it did.

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So glad it is not osteo. My husband had a partial Achilles tendon rupture and even for him the treatment was to stop running and see how it did.

So did your husband's tendon heal by itself? Could he use it fully again eventually?

 

Thanks for the good wishes to all. It's so nice not to feel alone in this.

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I posted in your other thread but that does sound a lot like Mazy's ruptured tendon. We only did Rimadyl for 5-6 days and leash walking in the backyard.

I did come across this but didn't order one. http://www.backontrack.com/ca/products/dog/hock-brace/ Vet wrap might do just as well.

Hopefully tbhounds will chime in with a suggestion.

 

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That is good news it's not Osteo! I hope your boy is on the mend soon.

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My boy's partially ruptured tendon healed up completely with no treatment other than 6 months of no running and a gentle hand massage once a day. My boy was only very slightly lame on the affected leg (so slight that no-one but me could see it!) but he did have a lumpy area on the tendon that was easy to feel and see. I never wrapped my boy, but if you do feel the need to support it I should think vetwrap would work just as well as anything else.

 

:goodluck for an uneventful healing.

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I talked to the vet again and she said that while commercial hock braces work well for many breeds, they're not great for greyhounds because of their thin skin and lack of fat. I'll go in in two weeks to have one made and measured by a PT who knows greyhounds. Unless this is just a way to make money, but I don't have that feeling.

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