When I got home on Thursday morning, my wife called me and told me she heard a loud THUMP last night. She thinks Abby fell off the bed. I didn’t think much of it because she falls off the bed on occasions so I took her for a walk and a trip to the dog park. She was flying and had the entire park chasing her. It was great. Later that evening, I noticed a limp on her right hind leg. I’m sure it’ll go away, she just needs to walk it off. Well, next day, the limp went away so I took her to the park again. Yay! That afternoon while she was napping, she suddenly started to cry and whimper. I though, “Oh dear, let’s go see the vet.” I had to carry her down 2 flights of stairs and into the car. She is HEAVY! Oversized puppy.
So here we are, waiting for the vet and Abby’s level of anxiety is rising. The Vet came in and couldn’t find anything wrong with Abby and said she’s probably just sore from the fall. He suspected a torn ACL but it still seemed intact. He prescribed some pain meds and wanted us to keep watch and no straining exercise for a week.
Well, we’re on day 3 now and she is drugged out. We’ll be following up with the vet on Friday and possibly taking some x-rays of her hips and elbows. It’ll be a good opportunity to see any signs of Hip Dysplasia.
How do you all deal with a dog on house arrest or rainy weather? I imagine all that energy could be destructive. What activities would you recommend?