It’s been about a month of living with Bailie’s leg injury now. We sure wish she would tell us how she did it, but she is remaining tight lipped about that information. Tuesday, Bailie had her ultrasound appointment at TC Rehab to check on the injury from the inside. Once again, we apologize for poor photos, but the photographer was focusing on the appointment again, not on photography. I guess that is a good thing.
We were not expecting any real good news because she is still limping on her back right leg now and then. To start the appointment, Bailie had to have her back right side shaved for the ultrasound to work properly. At first she was unsure about the razor, but she did well and did not need to be sedated.
It didn’t take long and a nice patch of her back right side was shaved. Shaving doesn’t hurt, and with her skin colors, it doesn’t even stick out too much!
One thing we did learn about her furs is how thick they are close to the skin. She has real thin furs, so we have always wondered why she doesn’t freeze in the winter. Now we know that close to the skin it is super thick.
Next it was up on the table for the ultrasound. No sedation was needed because she was very cooperative, and she provided steady tail thumping the entire twenty minutes.
As we suspected, she is still injured and the area is starting to develop scar tissue. Now what? After getting a look in the inside, we know she has a grade three strain on her right Tensor Fascia Latae, and a grade two strain on her right Sartorius. When the leg injury spot is touched, she is definitely in pain, but it is a small area the size of a postage stamp. Dr. Julia looked at her knee too, but it looks perfect!
The plan now is to keep resting, no wild pants, long walks, jumping, or other silly business until at least August. Starting next week for three weeks she will have therapeutic ultrasound treatments twice a week. Complete healing takes six to eight weeks. Another shaving opportunity will present itself the beginning of August for an ultrasound recheck. If things look good, she will get a plan for returning to normal activity. Some good news is that if it heals properly, the chances of it happening again are slim.
What about the barn hunt last weekend, or future nose work? Bailie is not Madison! She is a slower searcher, doesn’t dive and fly around a barn hunt course, so she was fine there. Nose work is a pretty quiet sport for her, and her body. She is faster than I am in searches, but she doesn’t jump around on things in search areas, so she continues to do that. Another positive about sports events is she is forced to be in her kennel or the car which keeps her from moving around to much and lets her injured area rest more.
We are super thankful the injury is something that will heal. No surgery is required, and it could be so much worse. Mom and my sisters are having a hard time dealing with it because they are normally so active. My sisters don’t understand why they are not allowed to play, and that is hard on Mom. Nonetheless, we are thankful it is getting better, we have a great rehab vet close by, and Bailie is healing.
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