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Does Ellie need to stay in the house?
Yesterday morning Ellie (14 months and healthy), was out for off-leash playtime at the park. She was playing happily and suddenly could put absolutely no weight on her right front paw and was squealing. When she was still, and off the paw, she was fine until she tried to walk again. An immediate trip to the vet followed.
Vet examined her fully, pushing, pulling, putting pressure on potentially sensitive areas. The vet also trimmed her nails, fixed a couple of dew claws and checked carefully for anything stuck in the paw. Everything appeared fine. Clearly nothing was broken.
Ellie was sent home with Rimidyl, 12.5 mg for 10 days.
But the disturbing part is that I was told to keep her from all activities. Do not take her to playtime in the park. Do not take her to her regular doggie playgroup; essentially, do not allow her to play with other dogs for 2 weeks. Additionally, take her out for walks that are only 2 or 3 blocks, at least for the first week.
BUT ELLIE IS FINE! Even before I gave her the first Rimidyl, and a few hours after the event, she was running around the house, going up and down the steps to my bed, and showing no indication of any kind of injury that would require any measures, much less such draconian ones.
The vet insists that it is possible that there was a bad sprain or even a partial ligament tear and that Ellie needs to be kept from activities for two weeks to be sure it heals. Meanwhile, I see no indication of an injury and saw no indication after the first hour.
Three days before this event Ellie had a rabies shot and a distemper shot in the shoulders - one in the shoulder in question. Vet denies any possibile connection because they were a few days apart.
Should I really follow the instructions for keeping her isolated and bored on the theory that she might have some tear in something although she is showing no indication? Or is my vet being way over-cautious?
Thoughts greatly apapreciated by both of us.