Saturday, September 20, 2014

Return to Agility

Breeze has been out of agility since mid May with an injured toe. She went to chase a squirrel back up its tree and came back in with no lameness. Several hours later when I looked at her left inside toe I noticed it was swollen, but no lameness. Not thinking anything of the matter I rested her and the swelling lessened although didn't go totally away. I took her back to agility the following week and the toe swelled again to its original size. No lameness or evidence from her that her toe was injured but I didn't want to risk further injuries and a shortened performance career. So rest again for several weeks. Well after three weeks she escaped and ran the back yard. Once again the toe swelled so she was on exercise restriction for six weeks and then gradual increase in exercise. It was not a fun three and a half months but she entered her first agility trial Labor day weekend.

She had a blast and her toe was nonswollen. We were rusty understanding each other. We went from no Qs the first day to QQ the last day of the trial.

Agility here we come!!!!


Anonymous said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the agility photos--really shows her enjoyment and enthusiasm for the sport!! :)


Hiking Hounds said...

Hi, It's been a long time since I've commented. Glad to see you are doing well. I actually came by to ask about toe injuries. I remembered that you've had to deal with a few of them. In April/May Astro hurt the second toe from the inside on his front right foot. Not sure exactly what happened, it showed up the morning after he and Zephyr had been playing and running. He's had x-rays twice and seen Dr. Bone, an orthopedic specialist. He concluded there was no bone damage and it was soft tissue. He recommended rest, and didn't give any indication about which ligament or other suggestions. I rested for a few months and then we started agility again. Things went well at first, but in the last 2 weeks it's had trouble again. Would you know of any veterinarians in AZ, or in the western states, that might have experience with toe injuries or at least soft tissue injuries and also rehabilitation of these injuries? Someone suggested a Dr. Radcliffe in West Virginia, that maybe he could do a phone consultation. But, I thought I'd ask if you knew someone too. Did you do any kind of soft tissue imaging to the injuries correctly diagnosed? Sorry this is so long. Thanks for any ideas!