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Poor Kodi

...And the other thing keeping us busy, is that we came home from Panda's show on Thursday to find Kodi dead lame. So it was off to the vet. It is definitely his left shoulder, seems to be soft tissue, but we have NO idea what happened. He was fine when I left in the morning. When I got home on Thursday, he was SO lame that he could not bear any weight on it, and to stand or sit, he had to lean against something to help hold himself up. But he couldn't lie down without help either, and once down, needed help to stand back up. He was trembling he was in so much pain. I had some T-Relief on hand so gave him that, and it helped a little overnight.

My sports medicine vet was not in on Friday, so I had to see a different vet, who is very nice, but more a pet vet. His range of motion in that shoulder is very limited, and he was toe-pointing lame. Just BARELY putting it on the ground, still trembling in pain. She did give him a laser treatment, and put him on Gabapentin and said to continue the T-Relief around the clock. Ice for the first two days, followed by warm compresses twice a day after that. But otherwise, she just said strict rest for two weeks and see how he does. I want to treat this more aggressively though, if we can. Shoulders can be tricky, and I REALLY don't want this to be the end of his performance career. He is almost 11, but he has been a fit, healthy bouncy almost 11 year old. I want to keep him that way as long as possible! (not quite ready for him to be an "old dog") He was entered in his first competition at Utility level in April!

On the gabapentin, he is definitely more comfortable, and it makes him sleepy enough that it keeps him quieter. (HE doesn't think he's an "old dog! LOL!) But even on it, he's limping quite badly. He is on very restricted exercise. He is stuck in my office, can't play with the girls at ALL, (no training, of course!) and we have to carry him up and down the stairs, in and out to potty, (he can pee in the litter box on his own (YAY!)) and when he's on our bed, he is on leash to make sure he doesn't jump off without thinking. (though he's being VERY good about "waiting" when I tell him to)

So I have a call in to his regular (sports medicine) vet, and I'll see what she wants to do. I am hoping she will want to treat him with more frequent laser and/or chiro.


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Oh no, poor Kodi. Keep us posted after you speak with his vet. Sending
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I am very sorry to hear that Kodi is ailing. If it is any comfort to you, my yorkie occasionally has a shoulder issue that sounds similar. Usually it is because he has gone nuts digging like a mad man, however one time I found it was related to a harness I was using. As soon as I switched harnesses it immediately started to get better. Typically if I rest him it is better in a few days but has taken up to a week. This has happened off and on for a few years and the vets cannot find any root cause. It has been an entire year since it lasted acted up but he was digging moles in eight degree weather recently where the ground was rock solid. Urghhh.....hard to keep a yorkie from digging. It acted up a few days and now is better again. I hope Kodi is better soon. I have to remind myself that my dogs are getting older so they could have some occasional aches and pains, just like me. I try not to panic but so easy to do.
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Oh no! Poor Kodi! Poor you! It's always so stressful when pets are hurting or ill. Wish they could talk. Please keep us posted and sending best wishes your way.
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This is very depressing news to me. Kodi is such a good boy. It shows that anything can happen for unknown reasons. We should all cherish each day we have good health - us and our dogs.

Ricky wants to share his bully stick with Kodi and says "cuidado amigo Kodi, recuerdes salvo y sano."

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I am very sorry to hear that Kodi is ailing. If it is any comfort to you, my yorkie occasionally has a shoulder issue that sounds similar. Usually it is because he has gone nuts digging like a mad man, however one time I found it was related to a harness I was using. As soon as I switched harnesses it immediately started to get better. Typically if I rest him it is better in a few days but has taken up to a week. This has happened off and on for a few years and the vets cannot find any root cause. It has been an entire year since it lasted acted up but he was digging moles in eight degree weather recently where the ground was rock solid. Urghhh.....hard to keep a yorkie from digging. It acted up a few days and now is better again. I hope Kodi is better soon. I have to remind myself that my dogs are getting older so they could have some occasional aches and pains, just like me. I try not to panic but so easy to do.
This seems more like an acute injury though. It is severe, and he has never had anything like this before. Three-legged lame even on heavy-duty drugs for multiple days is more than "aches and pains". My goal is, if at all possible, for it NOT to become chronic! That's why I want to get ahead of it right away if I can.

Who knows what happened while I was gone. he is never left alone with the hound, but he was home with my DIL all day with the 70 lb hound and the 40 lb mutt. He could have been knocked down the deck stairs when going out by either of them, or stepped on by the hound when they were running around in the back yard... (he could also have gone flying off the deck stairs all on his own!) Who knows? Minerva didn't see anything, but this sure seems to be an injury.
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So sorry to hear this and I hope Kodi is feeling better and back to normal soon.
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This seems more like an acute injury though. It is severe, and he has never had anything like this before. Three-legged lame even on heavy-duty drugs for multiple days is more than "aches and pains". My goal is, if at all possible, for it NOT to become chronic! That's why I want to get ahead of it right away if I can.

Who knows what happened while I was gone. he is never left alone with the hound, but he was home with my DIL all day with the 70 lb hound and the 40 lb mutt. He could have been knocked down the deck stairs when going out by either of them, or stepped on by the hound when they were running around in the back yard... (he could also have gone flying off the deck stairs all on his own!) Who knows? Minerva didn't see anything, but this sure seems to be an injury.
This does sound severe and like an acute injury. I hope they get to root cause. Kodi is healthy and strong so lots going in his favor. Also wondered if they checked for Lyme which can cause sudden lameness.
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This does sound severe and like an acute injury. I hope they get to root cause. Kodi is healthy and strong so lots going in his favor. Also wondered if they checked for Lyme which can cause sudden lameness.
Yes, they did a tick panel. (both the vet and I had that high on our list!) And since he is due for his annual next month, I had her draw all his labs so he doesn't have to get stuck again then!
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hoping it's nothing serious Karen. Hugs
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