Ran a HRCH Finished test last weekend. Dog did OK,, but I noticed an old ghost sneakin back into the mix.
The limp has returned! very slight,, but it showed up at the end of the test. Bailey hurt her front shoulder a couple a years ago. The Vet thought it was a slight soft tissue injurie. We kept her quiet for about 6 to 8 weeks. Crated, and on a leash when She went outside to do her thing. We swam her as she started to get better, but limited land work, and no blinds cause of the quick stop and start action. She got better, and has been training again,, but on a very careful basis.
I called my Vet about the returned limp.. and he prescribed Rimadyl. He thought it would be on an as needed basis for right now, and to see if it helps with the pain. I have read all the information and precautons about the drug. I have talked about the possible side effects with my Vet, and he assures me that they can happen,, but it is rare, and most dogs do well with the drug.
So,, heres the dilemma! She is entered in a Senior test this weekend, both Sunday AND Monday. After a few days of rest without the medication, the limp has gone away again. Do I give her the drug startin tomorrow morning (Saturday), and go ahead and run the test?? Or would it be better to scratch her from the test, and see how she reacts to the med, to make sure She will be Ok on it?
If I dont give her the med, and run the test, do I take a chance on her hurting herself even more?
Dog is 8 1/2 years old,, Is still a hard charger, and loves doin this stuff!
Have any of you had similar circumstaces?? How has the dog done with that med??
Thanks in advance