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Post by ella on Mon Jan 27, 2014 5:24 pm

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Obviously we don't know Chance's true age, so we just have a guesstimation given to us making him 4, but since having him we've found he has an old injury in his left hind leg - he never goes lame and no outward sign of anything but he's fallen on the bed/sofa when he's been asleep  rolling eyes landed on his leg and screamed, had Radley run into it same thing... it was checked over at the vets who just did the same thing i did - checked the movement in it, felt for any lumps or bumps and said that he'd need it xraying to take it any further but didn't recommend it, as the stress on him mentally would be worse especially when he's never even limped.

I know ambulls are prone to HD so that's playing on my mind, but i think it's more likely to be arthritis in his hip, but i annoyingly ran out of turmeric (hippy mum alert) which i give Chance everyday, good job he loves it! and the next day he wasn't happy with his leg again, coincidence, banged it? i don't know, but have got some more and he's running around the house like bambi again. But i knew he wasn't happy 'cos i was manipulating it as i do when i fussed him and he really growled at me (which is an improvement from 2 years ago when he would just have bitten when unhappy)

Anyway there is a hydrotherapy center 5 minute walk down the road, so am going to go speak to them at the weekend, over price and Chance's temperament etc.

My other concern is I think Chance is either older then the rescues guess or he's old before his time, he's just not been himself over the last week or so, he's not been ill, throwing up, not off his food or anything. But i just know he's not my Chance sad can't explain why it wouldn't make sense, but I feel it's more a mental problem rather then physical - as though he'd mentally given up  crying 

He does seem to have improved today and is having a good wrestle with harv as we speak, but he is still worrying me sad

Thanks for reading x

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Re: Am worried over Chance

Post by LyndaW on Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:18 pm

"It looks like a tear rather then operation, it's not uniform and neat so to speak like you expect with an operation"

Sorry to bang on about it Ella, but is the scar dented anywhere along its length at all, and/or is it a thin line or wider than, say, 1 - 2cm with white scar tissue, anywhere along its length? I'm asking just to rule in/rule out possible underlying muscle damage.
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Re: Am worried over Chance

Post by ella on Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:27 pm

Caryll wrote:Makes you wonder exactly what he went through before he came to you, doesn't it? Didn't he have cigarette burns on him? sad 

yes he did :(i wouldn't like to guess what's caused it - won't help now, but don't like to think what he's been through

LyndaW wrote:"It looks like a tear rather then operation, it's not uniform and neat so to speak like you expect with an operation"

Sorry to bang on about it Ella, but is the scar dented anywhere along its length at all, and/or is it a thin line or wider than, say, 1 - 2cm with white scar tissue, anywhere along its length?  I'm asking just to rule in/rule out possible underlying muscle damage.  

it feels like a fairly thick amount of scar tissue if you know what i mean. Yes it does feel dented not all the way along, it's not a thin line but not quite 1cm across so inbetween, but feels thicker as though going into his leg rather then across the top layer of skin.

If that makes any sense


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Re: Am worried over Chance

Post by LyndaW on Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:35 pm

A keloid scar?
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Re: Am worried over Chance

Post by ella on Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:38 pm

no doesn't look like a keloid, it's flat and flush to his skin on the outside, just feels thicker underneath

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Post by Eleanor on Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:45 pm

I don't know if this will help:

http://www.k9-massage.co.uk/main/conditions_muscular_scar-tissue.asp

There are a list of symptoms as well - any ring a bell?
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Re: Am worried over Chance

Post by ella on Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:49 pm

ECdogs wrote:I don't know if this will help:

http://www.k9-massage.co.uk/main/conditions_muscular_scar-tissue.asp

There are a list of symptoms as well - any ring a bell?

thanks for that yes there are a few things there, the curved back and miserable being the main things. So it's definitely something

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Re: Am worried over Chance

Post by Caryll on Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:56 pm

Let's hope you can get something started soon for him, poor lad!

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Re: Am worried over Chance

Post by Eleanor on Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:57 pm

No problem! Give Chance a hug from me and good luck at the hydrotherapy centre! happy
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Post by ella on Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:58 pm

thanks guys happy

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Post by Caryll on Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:59 pm

Keep us posted!

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Re: Am worried over Chance

Post by ella on Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:04 pm

will do happy x

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Post by Caryll on Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:05 pm

Do you think a warm compress might help?

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Post by ella on Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:08 pm

I could try, it's not going to hurt either way thanks happy

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Post by LyndaW on Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:18 pm

If its thicker underneath then it sounds like fibrous scarring and possibly to the muscle. Poor Chance, for whatever he went through before you gave him his lovely, loving and forever home.

tbh, in your shoes, I would try not worry too much about it (easier said than done I know!), especially if he is moving easily, but obviously keep an eye on the situation. An occasional bang or twist or strain at the area may well hurt temporarily and cause a yelp, but no matter how tough a dog (or human!) is, then a tear to the muscle or damage to the bone structure for whatever reason will cause a limp (even slightly) through mechanical reasons and not just pain.

Good luck Ella and Chance  hug  hug 

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Post by ella on Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:34 pm

Thanks lynda like i said he doesn't limp although an altered gait but still weight bearing - but am still going to try hydrotherapy to help him happy

Well warm compress on leg as we speak and Chance couldn't care less  not talking

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Post by Eleanor on Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:37 pm

Take it all in your stride Chance! tongue
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Post by ella on Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:38 pm

like normal then laughing

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Post by Eleanor on Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:39 pm

laughing Bless him!
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Post by Caryll on Tue Jan 28, 2014 5:12 am

I bet he loves all the extra attention!

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Post by ella on Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:31 am

Haha sure does happy

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Post by Lynne on Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:51 am

hope he is feeling a bit better today

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Post by ella on Tue Jan 28, 2014 12:42 pm

have done another warm compress on his leg when he got up, seems ok today, certainly not as grumpy happy

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Post by Eleanor on Tue Jan 28, 2014 1:01 pm

That's great! happy Glad he's feeling a bit better!
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Post by Caryll on Tue Jan 28, 2014 1:21 pm

It could be one of those things that flares up under certain circumstances; a twist, cold weather etc.

Fingers crossed!

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Post by ella on Tue Jan 28, 2014 1:23 pm

lets hope so!

Will be keeping a closer eye on it though

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