Bug and I saw the rehab vet today. She thought he felt great - very pliable. She does NOT think he should immediately go back to classes. She wants me to work up to it. She said the biggest reason people end up seeing her again is because of the terrible too's - they do too much, too soon.
She is going to speak with the PT and I need to make an appointment with the her (the PT) and discuss what exercises she wants me doing with Bug and also the possibility of cross-training - underwater treadmill and swimming.
I am kind of frustrated. All I want is a time table, but because every dog is different they are really hesitant to give me one.
I spoke to my chiro about it and she said she thought 6 months would probably be realistic. ugh.
I asked about Bug's iliopsoas and how he is stiff after herding and playing with other dogs. She said we can do therapeutic ultra sound (which breaks down scar tissue), but they need to shave in order to do that, so it will be after Bug finishes, if it is necessary.
I will wait until I talk to the PT but it doesn't look like we will be competing at the Specialty. The thing I need to remember is that Bug is young. If I let him heal fully Dr. M sees absolutely no reason he can't go back to herding (I specifically asked because that is one of my top concerns).
Sorry to vent a bit. Every dog is different - you can't say "Oh, Bug will be good to go in 1.5 months." I do realize this. I just wish I had a general idea. However, I might have a more general idea after I meet with the PT.
The upside is that yesterday Bug played like a maniac with a 4 month old puppy - for four hours!! (I have video I will post tomorrow.) He was EXHAUSTED! I did moist heat and ice when we got home and, while he was so tired he could barely move, he didn't seem stiff. AND Dr. M didn't think he was stiff today. She thought he was pliable! That is progress - I will take it.
1 month ago