My 1 year old Lab celebrated his birthday on a Duck Hunt in Stuttgart opening day weekend. Unusually cold weather caused the rice field to freeze hard over night and while the field was only 8-10" deep my young lab suffered severely bruised front legs that had swollen to 2-3 times normal size from the time we left the field to our return to camp. Also had blood in his urine. After a visit to the Vet (Dr. Henkel Edwards) on Sunday after hunting discovered that this can happen to dogs that take a pounding breaking ice. I was wondering if anyone else has experienced anything like this before? Dr. Edwards said he had scene it 20-30 times throughout his career. If anyone is ever in Stuttgart and needs help with your dog, he was awesome to see me on a Sunday.
Other than his injury, over the two days he picked up 60 ducks and 2 geese. All blind retrieves. We where hunting in sled blinds that did not have a dog ramp so he had no visibility. What was amazing is that he was obviously in a lot of pain but continued to go on blind retrieves breaking ice each time and I had no idea how bad he was….. He was so lame I had to lift him in kAttachment 16251ennel to take him to the vet later that day.
Anyone else ever had this happen? If so, did you think he will be more likely to have issues in the future? Dr. Edwards also said this is common in horses but can be more critical.