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Cruciate Injury in 6 month old Whippet


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Hello everyone 

 

We have a 6 month old Whippet and she is has injured her cruciate and we are just devastated. 
 

Has anyone had anything similar happen to such a young dog?  What were your outcomes?
 

We have her crated now, which breaks my heart as we did not crate train her, and she is constantly crying. I gave her toys and a Kong full of peanut butter and dog biscuits to keep her entertained and as of next week I have someone coming once a day to let her out on a lead to have a break in the yard. 
 

What else can I do?  I have seen that you can get a brace for their leg, but our vet did not mention anything about doing any like that. Just basically keep her extremely quiet and confined for at least 2 weeks and weekly visits to the vet to monitor. She said if she doesn’t show an improvement in a week that it will need further investigation with x-rays etc. 

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Hi Merc,


Have you told your vet about the crying? Is your pup on pain medication? I would expect a vet to prescribe medication that relieves pain and anxiety, so they are comfy, calm, and perhaps a little snoozy. Being distressed is not good for their recovery. I’d also expect rehabilitation advice/referral, not just rest.

 

You might like to check out the Primal Paws website, in particular blog posts about when to start rehab and not using pain as a restraint (in case that’s the case here). Dr Jaime is in Sydney and helped me with my Chi x when he had other injuries.

 

I hope this helps.

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I spoke to the vet on Saturday morning as no one got any sleep Friday night due to the howling. He has prescribed Gabapentin, a mild sedative/painkiller. He also said to stop crating her but she needs confinement. I set a camera up in the laundry and she is still pacing (even with our other, very chilled dog locked in there with her), but then settles down. I have to work, so am paying someone to come and take them out for about 30mins each day. 
 

I won’t get a second opinion just yet, I do trust in my vet and they are familiar with hound breeds. 
 

@Papillon Kisses I had a look at that website. I love the idea of hydro therapy, but they are such a long way away for us (we are in the Highlands), I will see if there is something closer. 
 

I am making myself sick worrying about her and my hubby and I are arguing about how to manage her, it’s becoming such a strain already and it’s only the beginning of week 1. I am just hoping she gets use to the confinement and settles down to heal. 

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Your poor pup. Let's hope it resolves. 
In the meantime; glad she's getting pain relief. 

Personally I'd be starting with full spectrum CBD oil [legal in Oz] Multiple good reports personally and online. 
It's natural - dogs also have an endocannabinoid system that accepts the cannabinoids hand in glove. 
Not at all harsh on the gut or liver like many pHarmaceuticals. 

It will not get a dog high but is relaxing, calming and helps reduce inflammation and pain. [For stronger pain relief some mix in a cannabis oil with the CBD with excellent results] 

She's young so hopefully she'll heal soon enough.  Good luck.

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8 minutes ago, Paul777 said:

Personally I'd be starting with full spectrum CBD oil [legal in Oz] Multiple good reports personally and online. 
It's natural - dogs also have an endocannabinoid system that accepts the cannabinoids hand in glove. 
Not at all harsh on the gut or liver like many pHarmaceuticals. 

 


CBD oil requires monitoring due to the effects it can have on the liver and gastrointestinal system.

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12 hours ago, Papillon Kisses said:


CBD oil requires monitoring due to the effects it can have on the liver and gastrointestinal system.


Not sure where you heard that false info. [No doubt a rumour started by a pHarmaceutical employee]
I've made FECO - full extract cannabis oil - for several dog owners including my own [A Rotti with arthritis and my GSD rescue to help him relax/sleep when I first brought him home - both dogs enjoyed taking the oil, licking it straight off my finger]
Recommended CBD oil to twice as many and spoken to many more who've medicated their dogs with either or a mix of both oils, all with positive results. 
Then there's the cannabis medicinal for dogs FB group - which had a few veterinarian members - where many many dogs had been treated with CBD oil and FECO without ill effect [though one must be careful dosing dogs, especially little ones, with the THC rich FECO but that's just commonsense]

Dogs need monitoring after any medication to see how they react/respond. 

Mammals with an endocannabinoid system process cannabis oil products without any aggravation to the liver or their guts. 
Personally I've been taking FECO for chronic nerve pain for over 21 years. As it turns out, cannabis has an anti-inflammatory effect that has slowed the progression of my Buergers disease that was diagnosed to kill me "within 3 years max". 
Just last week I had the results from blood tests - despite having a terminal illness and chronic duodenal ulcers - everything came back fine including my liver and kidneys. 

Cannabis oils are the safest medications on the planet. I was just trying to be helpful but if you prefer to believe propaganda from Big pHarma then more fool you. 

 

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Studies. Actual peer reviewed studies in veterinary journals. Not things written by people who sell products. Lol. 
 

And FYI I have previously had a prescription for medicinal cbd from a vet pain specialist. Prescribed in combination with other medications (and a pre/rehab plan).

 

If you think anything including a “natural supplement” is side effect free then you have a lot to learn.

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