Achilles tendon injury – updated with pic of HUGE cast!

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  • #64171
    CKSuki
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    Dongle was being his usual silly, fun and playful self last Wednesday evening, and he was jumping on and off my bed like a dufus and then suddenly dived under the bed (which he does all the time), but he yelped. He had caught his leg on one of the metal bolts. I think he was less coordinated as usual as he was recovering from a foot infection and on anti-biotics. Took him to the vets, they gave him pain relief etc.

    Took him back yesterday, as he started to walk on his hock   🙁 and today they did an ultra sound on his achilles tendon and he has ruptured two parts of it. I am gutted. They have kept him in and doing a CT scan tomorrow and maybe surgery tomorrow too. I was really worried about this, he is already depressed at not having walks, and the prospect of my young, fine figure of an athlete reduced to no activity for 3 – 6 months is awful.

    Of all the horrible things that could happen, I think this could be one of the worst for him personally.

    Anybody else have experience of this sort of injury?

    ???

    #87915
    Anonymous
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    Sorry i have no words of wisdom but just wanted to say hope all goes ok  :-* :-*

    #87916
    xtine
    Member

    awww no, poor Dongle – hope it works out ok x x

    #87917
    CKSuki
    Member

    Thanks for replies and good wishes.  🙂

    Quick update.  He has had his CT scan and will be home for a few days while the clever vet people examine the images.

    Will update again.

    #87918

    Hi
    I am an animal physiotherapist, I would suggest you consider contacting a local physiotherapist to help with your dog post surgery. The achillies tendon has a poor blood supply and can take a long time to heal and there can be lots of scar tissue. A physiotherapist would be able to improve healing and expediate the rehabiliation process.
    Hope this helps :educated:

    #87919
    Val
    Member

    Hi CK
    Dongle the daft as really done it this time I agree with the post from Elizabeth get a good physiotherapist
    And good luck
    Val

    #87920
    CKSuki
    Member

    [img width=468 height=351]http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f166/Girlsmum4/bongo002.jpg[/img]

    Thanks for replies.  He is in very good hands, had a 40 minute appointment with physio on Wed and got another on Tuesday.  We have a strict regime on exercise, cold compresses, massage and flexing.

    Val – ‘Dongle the Daft’ – spot on!   😀 – his tendon was 90% severed OUCH!

    He won’t start hydro therapy for a while yet, the cast is on for 6 weeks.

    🙂

    #87921
    Val
    Member

    Poor lad they didnt hold back with the clippers.

    #87922
    Anonymous
    Guest

    Aww Dongle, hope he’s healing well  :-*

    #87923
    Izzie
    Member

    poor lad, that looks painful  :-*

    #87924
    yalik
    Member

    I agree with elizabeth, Once the vet allow, you should start with physio, than when he is little stronger you should consider hydrotherapy. Shockwave therapy could also be a good idea. It is more commonly used in horses but can be used in dogs. I am sure you can find someone in your area to help. It takes long time but it should heal well. What kind of surgery have they done? Have they put a temporary screw to stabilise the joint or is it only the cast that support the stitches?

    #87925
    CKSuki
    Member

    Dongle is all mended now!

    He is back off lead (after warm up), for about ten minutes at a time now.  All his muscle is nearly all back too, he is properly weight bearing.

    He is a lucky boy.

    Thanks for the replies.

    🙂

    #87926
    Val
    Member

    Pleased to hear he’s all well again
    Val

    [quote author=CKSuki link=topic=15165.msg276159#msg276159 date=1281958941]
    Dongle is all mended now!

    He is back off lead (after warm up), for about ten minutes at a time now.  All his muscle is nearly all back too, he is properly weight bearing.

    He is a lucky boy.

    Thanks for the replies.

    🙂
    [/quote]

    #87927
    *Nat*
    Member

    Missed this thread, glad to hear he’s on the mend  🙂 They sure do go mad with the clippers don’t they, reminds me of when Piper had her op, they clipped her the same  🙁

    #87928
    Lisa33
    Member

    Glad to hear he is back on the mend!  😉

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