...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.