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My pup Stolie had a collision with his 'brother' at the dog park 6 days ago. It was pretty much at a 90 degree angle...Checker (no brakes, no steering) was running full out...Stolie was doing his tripawd hop along. Stolie was sent flying and landed on his one and only shoulder.

 

We spent a lot of time at the e-vet...no broken bones...phew. Vet seemed to think it was soft tissue injury - so gave us pain meds. Stolie still seems to be in a lot of discomfort, and getting up is still quite painful. Anyone have experience with something like this?

 

I have another vet appointment...but what about chiropractor, accupuncture, laser?? Or is this just a matter of time?

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I have some experience with this, in that my two collided a few years ago, although in their case it was head on. One of them developed partial seizures within 24 hours. Her brother initially seemed OK but within a few weeks developed intermittent front leg lameness. Our regular vet could find nothing wrong but a greyhound vet found a misaligned vertebra in his neck and told me that collisions are a common cause of this. We treated it with tramadol (my boy cannot have NSAIDs), valium as a muscle-relaxant, and then later with chiro when he was less painful.

 

Some soft tissue injuries can take quite a while to heal but I would be concerned that there may be an injury that hasn't been detected yet if he hasn't improved at all in 6 days. You said he's on pain meds - are these anti-inflammatories? Did he have xrays? If he doesn't improve soon and your vet cannot find anything wrong, might be worth getting him checked over by a chiropractor, who in my experience sometimes find things that vets miss. I have no experience with acupuncture or laser.

 

Will be interested to see what your vet thinks.

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Was his amp. due to osteo, or something else?

 

It was due to osteo.

 

 

Some soft tissue injuries can take quite a while to heal but I would be concerned that there may be an injury that hasn't been detected yet if he hasn't improved at all in 6 days. You said he's on pain meds - are these anti-inflammatories? Did he have xrays?

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We had x-rays done..and they put him on tramadol. The tramadol helps a bit...I'll see what the vet says

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Depending on what your vet says, maybe add something for inflammation to the Tramadol. I like Meloxicam.

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I agree with adding an NSAID for pain and inflammation. Soft tissue injuries heal with time and rest, and with only 1 front leg, he can't avoid using it, so it may take him longer than usual to heal. Was the vet able to localize where the pain was? Did he think the soft tissue injury was to his shoulder, or to his neck or back? Especially if neck/back, a muscle relaxer like methocarbamol (Robaxin) or gabapentin can help.

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