Guest BrindleBoy Posted June 26, 2016 Share Posted June 26, 2016 So, we adopted Stevie about 3 weeks ago (he is our 2nd GH, we lost our 1st a month ago, very suddenly, after only 5 years, to intestinal cancer.). We were told "he broke his leg but it was fixed very well in florida". Our rescue group was apparently not aware of the severity of the break, or even that he had a limp... He has a limp. The limp DOES vary... worse in the AM, gets better in the afternoon UNLESS I take him for a walk, then it gets worse again.... sometimes it gets better in a matter of hours (not days). So- here's the story: broke his leg in his 6th race (in November), was going to be put down due to the complication of the break, but the GH rescue group president and the surgeon decided to save him. They did. He has 2 plates in his right front leg. He was fostered with restricted activity while he healed. In January he was "medically cleared". I have no idea what he's been doing between Jan and June, when we got him. Our group only had him for a couple of weeks before we adopted him, so I assume he was being fostered most of that time, until transferred north from Florida (he was rescued by a GH group in FL, who saved his life, then somewhere along the line, he was transferred to my GH group here in NJ). We aren't concerned with the limp in and of itself, altho it does seem that a limp that gets worse and better must be causing some discomfort? We just don't want him to be in pain, and we want to help him rehab in any way possible. We took him to a vet who knows GHs (a surgeon- the one who works with ALL the GHs from our rescue group up here), and they did X-rays. She said "he doesn't seem to be in pain", "the bones are healed, the plates can come out", "I think it's a FUNCTIONAL limp, not one caused by pain", and "if it gets worse, bring him back." Here's the official summary: The fractures are healed. Stevie may be feeling some discomfort from muscle or tendon gliding over the plates or perhaps because now the two bones are fused. This may remain the same or may improve over time. For now I do not think he is very uncomfortable so I would give him pain meds only as needed. He also can start to resume normal activity in the hopes that this will build up his muscle. Please recheck with me if he appears to be painful or the lameness worsens at any point. Sometimes implants can be removed if we think they are irritating anything. So, I guess I'm asking for a few things... 1) any advice you have would be greatly appreciated, as we've never dealt with a broken bone/rehab before. 2) Rehab? Supplements? 3) How are we supposed to know if he's uncomfortable/in pain? We have given him rimadyl twice (2 different days), but I read it takes 3 straight days for it to really have an effect? The vet did say he might need NSAIDs occasionally when the lameness gets worse, but "certainly not everyday". Nor would we want him on NSAIDs for the rest of his life. So any advice on the above would be very helpful. He is a very happy boy, he just wants to walk and play, but I have already "overdone it" with him, as I have been paying attention to how much walking it takes for his lameness to increase... yesterday I pushed him too hard, and it told me what he can NOT do yet. We just want him to be a happy dog- to be himself, and play like he SHOULD be able to. We know rehab for this could take a very long time (up to a year?), but we are flying blind, and the official report from the vet above didn't give us any specific recommendations for any rehab that might help... just "if it gets worse, bring him back". I did ask about hydrotherapy, and she said "it might help", and I asked about chondroitin and she said "no- that's for joints, it wouldn't have any effect here, his joints are fine". Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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