Worrying about things you cannot control at the moment.
Something I *try* not to do a lot of.
Bug saw Cheryl, his chiropractor, on Wednesday. His pelvis was out, as was his lower back. His iliopsoas muscles were still tender. Bah.
Bug fell last weekend coming out of my in-laws’ Explorer. John was there to lift him, Bug tried to jump, and the leash got tangled. Not good for any dog, least of all a long-backed dog that is already dealing with tender iliopsoas muscles.
Bug saw Cheryl on Friday. His pelvis was out AGAIN and his iliopsoas muscle was visibly spasming being touched.
Bug saw Cheryl Saturday and Sunday. His pelvis held and both days he was less tender.
Traumeel and massage; and massage and Traumeel.
My poor boy. I am worried, worried, worried. Cheryl mentioned that I might want to consider PT with him.
We suspect the iliopsoas muscle strain occurred due to the repetitive nature of weave training combined with the weight he has put on for the breed ring. After talking to some people over the weekend, iliopsoas injuries are frequently caused or aggravated by jumping. The best thing you can do for them, other than rest, water therapy, ect, is keep the weight off.
I am considering long-term that I might run him as a Vet in NADAC and CPE. They both have Early Vet programs for certain breeds. This means he would jump 4” versus 8”.
I have to be honest, if it means he can play, that is what I will do. To me, it’s not the amount of height but getting through the uprights that matters.
We will see how this plays out. We have an appointment with Cheryl on Wednesday and will see her again on Saturday, and possibly Sunday. We are doing a multi-phase adjustment; I forget what it is called. Based on how Bug appears to be recovering I’ll make the decision about PT. At the very least I will start doing rocker board (aka wobble board) work with him. GOTB is too sketchy for him right now where he isn’t holding his adjustments well (which is very unusual for Bug [all of this started with the additional weight]).
Bug will not be attending class this week. Possibly not next week either. UGH!!! The bright side is he is a baby (i.e. young) and with proper care he should recover without an issue.