Friday, February 11, 2011

Toe Injury


Swollen toe


Normal toe

Last weekend Lyric ran agility and played ball. The following day I noticed one of her toes was terribly swollen. It was the same toe that had surgery 2 1/2 yrs ago for a torn lateral collateral ligament. I knew it had retorn. It is frustrating as I don't know what she did to tear it. She has lure coursed with no injuries. Chased her foxtail ball endlessly with no injuries and run numerous agility courses with no injury. I bandaged it until I could get back to my clinic and have it looked at by the surgeon. A figure 8 bandage of elasticon works well at holding the toes together.






The following day it was confirmed and she went to surgery. The original surgery looked excellent, enough organized scar tissue to act as a collateral ligment, no arthritis had set in. Hopefully she will do as well post surgery as the first time. But it is now a couple of months of no exercise splints and later bandages.



Plans for future agility will have to be questionable since this is a second tear/surgical correction. Plans for coming out in Open obedience this spring are on hold. Even though she is a big dog she is not a highly active dog and thus is not hard on her body.

The day after surgery Lisa and Darby came down to wish Lyric well and give her a present.




8 comments:

Muttsandaklutz said...

Oh no -- I'm really sorry to hear this :-( How frustrating. I hope she's not in too much discomfort and will have a smooth recovery.

houndstooth said...

Oh, poor Lyric! We feel your pain -- Blueberry has a splint up to her elbow to protect her broken toe. She's of the mind that it can't come off fast enough, and I have to agree with her! We wish Lyric a speedy recovery!

Anonymous said...

Poor Ms. Lyric. :( She does look rather regal, tho, laying around with her leg bandaged. Hope she makes a quick recovery.

Donna and daughter Becca

Sandy ~~~ said...

Big owie....heal fast Lyric!

Hiking Hounds said...

That's too bad, poor girl. :-( I hope she is doing well. The video is really cute. I love her face.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Poor Lyric! That's a hell of a splint.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

You know one thing I have considered should I ever have toe surgery again (on one of my greyhounds... not me) is to hack the nail almost completely off while the dog is out for surgery anyway. But make it so short it doesn't contact the ground anymore and then as it starts to grow back, use a nail file weekly to keep it a tiny nub so the toe has less stress on it in the future.

LydiaR said...

Thanks so much for posting these pictures, helped to diagnose the problem my hound has on one toe when the vets (non-greyhound specialists) were totally stumped.