To’s toe saga
To started the season 2016 really, really well, coming back after puppies better as ever. But then, we started to get more&more bars again and her DW was not that good anymore either - and I also noticed she is often stiff in her front after trainings, so I took her to sports vet in mid-August. He said one of her toes is too stiff because of an old injury in metacarpophalangeal joint and that caused problems in a shoulder, so I was told to strengthen the shoulder and do lots of ROM on that toe. But after a month, I noticed the toe is just as stiff in vertical direction - but abnormally mobile in lateral direction...
So we went back - to confirm loose collateral ligament in P2 joint. She was put on rest with taping on - worked beautifully for Bi who had this injury 2 years ago. But it didn't make any difference for To. So next, the surgeon went in with the needle to make some scratches to provoke healing + injected some blood around for inflammation/healing. Still no improvement. So we went back and did a surgical repair on the ligament. The toe looked great for 3 weeks - and then the stitches gave up and we were back to zero... We think now that P2 injury is not healing because there is some rotation one joint higher that makes it impossible to heal... And metacarpophalangeal joint on 3rd digit is very hard to access by surgery... I looked in stem cell treatment option too, but again, very unlikely that could work in this case because of rotation...
So the surgeon told us to just start a rehab and see how she copes, adding activity gradually. At this point, I don't have much hope she can do much, if any, agility again, but hopefully, she can still have a normal, active life. Having her off strict rest and being able to do more of on leash walks and tricks feels sooo good after all the rest now! And to make it even better, we were told to do lots of swimming and walking in sand. We took instructions seriously and flew to Canary Islands to rehab To's toe and pay her off for being so patient for last 6 months, letting her have some fun again. - More pictures coming soon!
And yes, of course Le got to come as well - she didn't stay small enough for flying in cabin for no reason afterall!
Oh no, poor girl! So sorry to hear that… 🙁
Still hope for the best… fingers and paws are crossed! Wish you great holidays with lots of fun!
I’m so sorry To! I’m hoping for the best!
I’m really sorry for To’s toe. But, it looks like she can still be a very happy girl and maybe, just maybe she will be able to do agility again. She sure is fun to watch swim!!!! Maybe she could be a mamma again??? She sure was good at that!