Day 35, out of 90, slowly dragging by. Everyday, when I sit on the floor and do Peep’s range of motion stretches, I wonder if we will return to agility. Not because of the recovery, I am sure it will be 100%, but more because I don’t want to have to go through this again. I wish I could explain to Peep, that the crate rest isn’t forever and everyday puts us closer to do things together again. I wish I knew how he injured himself in the first place, I have watched videos and thought about it and I just can’t figure it out. I’m pretty sure Clean Run doesn’t sell bubble wrap for agility dogs, if they did I would buy all of it.
I know that warming up, stretching and cooling down really helps prevent injury and I did all of those things, but accidents happen and agility is inherently tough on dogs. Are there more shoulder and psoas injuries now a days or are we just better at diagnosing them? It seems like there are more, so that means something about how we are doing agility is breaking dogs. I hate to think that I broke Peep, but I am responsible for his agility career and the choices I made were obviously tough on him (and he is also tough on his own body). I love agility but I worry about injuries more now, and we keep trying to go faster and tighter, that’s the game, right?? But now, when I sit on the floor doing stretches, I wonder if it was worth it and I debate if Peep and I will get back out there.
On a positive note, it looks like his recovery is going well, the ultrasound showed him to be right on schedule in the healing process. We had to drive 4 hours, one direction, for our appointment, there are no local orthopedic vets who do ultrasound. We had a good experience at Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center with Dr. Mason and Dr. Forney.