We got good news for Bailie and her injury when they went to the specialist at TC Rehab on Tuesday. The tear in the ACL diagnosis was pretty devastating last week, and both of my sisters have been pretty bummed not being allowed to play together.
Just a warning, there are only a couple photos in this post, and they are pretty bad. Mom wanted to really focus on Bailie and the appointment. All she took was her phone for a camera. First she forgot to take photos, and then, of course, the phone took blurry shots because of the movement. This was a time where we wished we had a third party to bring along for taking photos!
Mom has never gone to TC Rehab, nor have any of us dogs. Somehow, Bailie knew right away it was a vet place because she did not want to go inside, and then she was a total nervous Nelly waiting for Dr. Julia to come into the exam room. Lots of pacing and panting going on with Bailie.
After five days of rest, Bailie was looking like normal, giving us hope the injury wasn’t too bad. Spending the weekend in her kennel at the nose work trial, forced rest, really seemed to have helped the limp go away. Dr. Julia took a good look at her, tested out how she was putting weight on each of her paws, and it looked good.
Next it was up on the table to measure things. They measured angles of how much her legs, all four, would move and bend. The circumference of different things was also measured. Everything was checking out as normal.
Dr. Julia said Bailie has fatty cushions under her kneecaps which may have led the other vet to thinking her knee was swollen, but her knee is fine. This was the best news ever!
What is wrong with Bailie that caused so much trouble? While doing all the moving and measuring, Dr. Julia found the “sweet spot” where Bailie had some pain. It turns out she has a strained hip flexor muscle on her right side. There are four grades, hers is most likely a one or two. This is something we can work on and fix, nothing like an ACL tear!
For the next couple weeks, Bailie should not run or jump, but can play bitey face with Madison, and go for walks. You should have seen how happy my sisters were to go for a walk together again Tuesday night! Mom has some stretching exercises to do with Bailie, and the end of the month, they will do an ultrasound to make sure the muscle has healed.
Boy are we thankful it was not an ACL tear! It certainly does pay to get a second opinion with a specialist!
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