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And just HOW EXACTLY do you keep a six month old border collie on rest? I'm serious. I'm asking. Or maybe I should ask what exactly qualifies as rest.


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Oct. 31st, 2014 12:52 am (UTC)
Hoot's had a sprained knee since August when he was 8 months old. It hasn't been easy. I had him to about 90 percent, then let him run and turn to much and we were almost back to square one. He's on half mile leash walks that make him a bit sore, but sheesh! He's got to do something! Acupuncture has been great! We're due for a tune up. He's not on total bed rest either as the vet and I both think moving around a bit is good. Muscles is what is helping hold his together, so letting him become totally flabby isn't good. Besides sedating them, I don't know what you're supposed to do. Even in an xpen with a top he still manages to jump around like an idiot. :( Good luck!
Oct. 31st, 2014 01:45 am (UTC)
I wish I had an indoor pool for him. No
Impact exercise. I better make a list of simple tricks to learn. And today I just put him in the crate in the car and basically did errands for HOURS. By the time I got him to the vet appointment he had actually really rested all that time and wasn't limping. But then I can't do that every day. I'm scared he's just going to go bonkers.
Oct. 31st, 2014 07:58 pm (UTC)
What did he do?
Nov. 1st, 2014 12:35 am (UTC)
I think it's his left shoulder. I didn't see him do anything unusual. He and Stella were playing in the backyard but I was there watching and it wasn't even ruckass, gave them dinner and took them for a walk in the park and part way into the walk noticed he was limping.
Nov. 2nd, 2014 11:33 pm (UTC)
Not to be an alarmist but if it doesn't get better with rest, you might want to have his shoulders x-rayed. He is at the age when Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD) tends to show up... hopefully he just tweaked something and he'll be better soon. I am not good at crate resting my dogs as I think they need some moving around. Depending on the injury, resting would mean no training and no free running, but might include leash walking. When Kirby injured his back, he was confined to an x-pen for weeks, and leash walked to potty. Good luck! So hard to rest a puppy!
Nov. 3rd, 2014 01:57 am (UTC)
Not being an alarmist any more than I am... I was all over the internet on that already. Yes we will keep an eye on it...

I was bad. I made the questionable decision to take Razz to the Anna Eifert seminar and see what she thought. If he looked sore I wouldn't run hiim. Well we decided to go it and stop if he got sore. I have been failing at making him rest anyway and I decided he would probably be doing less in the seminar with lots of crate time between playing with tunnels snd jumpbumps than he would at home because short of putting him in the car and driving around for hours---he hates curtailed activity and confinement.
Well I lucked out in that it seems I didn't make him any worse. He was actually not limping at all the day after. So whew.
Today Maybe we did too much---Too much chasing leaves in the wind and jumping on and around with Stella...

Meanwhile both dogs are itchy lately. I gave them both Aloe and oatmeal soothing shampoo baths and Stella got a haircut and I washed so many loads of bedding and beds and rugs and blankets and sheets and vaccuumed obsessively. This was practically my whole Sunday. It's not fleas. I can't see anything at all where they scratch. I think the baths helped even though they were out in the yard with a hose in 38 degree weather. Warm water at least But tonight they started scratching again. I'm a little freaked at what it might be.
Nov. 3rd, 2014 03:52 am (UTC)
Border collies are not for the faint of heart. :-)

I had bouts of itching over the summer where I didn't see anything and yet when I applied Frontline Plus, the itching went away. It could have just been coincidence though. The no-see-ums...
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