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Hi All, I've just been away and my 6 y.o. BC was under the care of my father and grandparents. They made her incredibly overweight which i became aware of and asked them to change her diet repeatedly (they are very experienced BC owners so i don't know what happened). Eventually she became injured and my grandmother took her to the vet who said it was most likely a ruptured or torn ligament in her back right leg. I have just gotten home and so have not been able to take her to the vet myself to find out if it is ruptured or torn, as they would have to put her under general anaesthetic and then go on to surgery under the same anaesthetic if it turned out to be ruptured. The problem is that i haven't been able to find a vet who will perform the surgery in rural Australia for under $6000 which i can't afford right now, as any dog over 15kg is considered a big dog so they charge $6000 instead of $1500. We have gotten her weight down to 19kg so far (her usual healthy weight is 15-18kg) and she has been on house arrest for the past few weeks while taking joint medication and having an hour of massaging every day. I'm lost as to what to do- my preference would be to monitor and let it heal at home but that is obviously not possible if the joint is ruptured and not just torn. Any advice/opinions?
My family and I adopted a smooth BC about two months ago from a shelter. We think Quigley is the best dog ever. She was five months when we got her with a very calm, submissive personality. We were told she was a stray. She came to us with pneumonia, hook worms and tape worms. After a month of antibiotics, several breathing treatments, and clearing her worms her energy has certainly increased. She's a quick learner. She knows sit, stay, come, let go, come around. Quigley loves fetch and of course wants to chew often. When told no - she stops and doesn't go back to the behavior. We have been leaving her in the house alone out of her crate for the last week for up to 3 hours and haven't had a single problem. I didn't know dogs could be this good! In my ignorance and zest to be a good dog owner I think I've run her too much too early. Being afraid of under exercising her, I bought a "Walky Dog" extension for my bike to run her while I road. She loved it, however, after about 4 runs of 3-4 miles in the early mornings she started to limp a couple of days ago favoring her left front leg. We promptly took her to the local Vet (who knows us well after the pneumonia) and she thinks it's minor - no specific diagnosis given. She started one week of anti-inflammatories and strick rest for 2 weeks. Which means no outside running or jumping. Outside on the leash all the time! This is only day 2 of rest and it's driving the family crazy. I'm trying to stimulate her mind with new tricks, but she desperately wants to run. Anyone with ideas here? I'm worried this maybe Osteochondritis Discecans (sp?) after reading on the forum. I'm hoping that her wanting to run is a sign it's not super serious. I'd appreciate any feedback. Thanks, Matt and Sadie (my nine year old daughter)