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Old 11-06-2012, 01:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Soft Tissue Injury

Has anyone here had a dog with a soft tissue injury. I was just curious on how long they took to heal and maybe some tricks to make it heal faster. Justice is on kennel rest and only gets to walk around on his leash. its not seeming to get any better but i probably just need to give it more time its been one week since he seen the vet and about 3 since it happened. I am sure it would be healing faster but he is a maniac, one speed and its full throtle.
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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depends on the type of "soft" tissue damage. muscle? tendon? ligament?
recovery time is also influenced by age, general health, nutrition, and of course the severity of the injury.
i'm going to assume it's a partial tear of the AC ligament since that is the most common injury for "maniac" dogs. lol
if the vet suggested crate rest. you should expect a few more weeks. but if you can keep him from running i think short and leisurely walks should be okay next week.
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not many "tricks" that increase recovery time. unless you have canine GH just laying around. (that's a joke. i would never do that to a dog unless they actually required hormone therapy). but ice packs can help with inflammation. glucosamine and chondroitin, and maybe a canine multi vitamin.
but it really just comes down to time. and patience.
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:24 AM   #4 (permalink)
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My boy got a bad sprain on his ankle when he was younger. Every time I thought we were safe, he would instantly re injure it again. Over a year, I literally had him rested and only bathroom breaks and the last time, which worked, was resting and no activity for 2 months. I started from a few days of rest, and then he would re injure. 1 week, re-injure, 2 weeks rest, re injure, 1 month rest, re injured. 6 weeks rest, annnnnd he did it again. Nothing crazy either, I just let him go off leash and after he would start limping again. Part of his craziness I am sure was because he hadn't been properly walked in SOOO LONG, but finally FINALLY after 2 months rest he didn't re-injure it and hasn't since then. he is 4 now, this started when he was about 10 months...
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