Peep Show Rehab Post #3

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.


1 thought on “Peep Show Rehab Post #3

  1. Hang in there, Alicia. I know exactly where you are coming from. I’ve been rehabbing a knee injury with Smokey all summer. No playing with puppy or me. He has been so sad. At least he can still do Nosework. He’s finally being allowed to do sprints in a straight line. Yay! You and Peep will get there.

    And don’t beat yourself up about the injury. It may have happened in the backyard.

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