Ember Saw the Specialist Today
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Ember Pupdate: Specialist visit was a success! All restrictions have been removed. He couldn't see or experience anything the vet swore she saw. Nothing with the knees or joints. His only concern was the bird shot. He has 3 thoughts on Ember's seemingly random behavior about being touched and seeming in pain, and missing the steps like she had been (she freaked out at the vets and had to be muzzled for the Chiro, but just buried her head in my chest while this guy worked, and he was pulling on all her feet and splaying her toes even!).

1) Pure anxiety that just happens to pop up at certain times. He said if I feel like it's inhibiting her quality of life I need to think about trying an anxiety med I haven't before. I am not convinced we need it, we will see how DS and CC to touch goes for the next year before making that decision.

2) Some long word I couldn't pronounce much less write, but meaning that there is a neural fatigue happening whenever she gets active (in Dec we were playing and she started missing the couch after 3 minutes). There is no pattern of this yet, but that is the next thing she is going to be tested for if I feel like I want to (IE, the issue worsens).


3 and most likely) The bird shot. He was very confused by the pattern. The way the bullet broke up suggests it hit more than flesh. He thinks it possibly hit bone (knee/thigh area) when she was REALLY young, in a way that allowed the bone to completely reform itself. Her random discomfort could be anything from scaring to sciatic nerve damage caused by the shot. He doesn't think there is any pain at all with it, but it will randomly flare up, he says. So basically, slow down when she says she needs to. I can live with that.
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That all sounds very positive. I'm going to call them Miss Ember's quirks. My dogs have theirs quirks as well. We learn to live around them. As long as they aren't life threatening it works. 

Hugs for Miss Ember.
Linda

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It's kind of good news really, at least it is not hip dysplasia etc. Good on you for pursuing this and eliminating a few possibilities, it must be a relief. At least you now know how to best manage it.
It is heartbreaking to imagine what this girl must have been through in early life and a testament to your efforts and her spirit that she is doing so well. I am assuming that "cat shot" is like the pellet style bullets we use in what we refer to as a slug gun or air rifle ? It's just unimaginable that anyone could do this to a pup but sadly there are such evil people in the world
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It is so much easier just knowing. I can work with it. Don't feel like moving today? Fine, we won't. Full of energy and want to run? Let's go find a yard. See what happens. Picking up our Fenzi TEAM training again - so pivots, walking over a jump, backing up - it's all back on the table now. Conditioning too. Doctor said her rear end muscle mass was very nice with no atrophy (I have no clue how, this chic doesn't move!).

Trifan, I think it's the same. Doctor said he is fairly sure it entered on the right side and has moved to the left with age/time. 

Here are the X-rays.

Left Side
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Right Side
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Center view (her on her back)
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I think your management plan is great. We often say, "if only they could talk" but actually, "if only we knew how to listen" to what they are telling us and showing us. You have soooooo done this with Ember in every regard.
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WoW, that poor girl. Her hips look good.  Smile 

If they could talk would that be a good thing? Do you think they would ever stop talking? I wanna play ball, come on can we, huh, huh. I have to go out, now I want in, oh wait, no I want to go back out. Throw the ball now, quick throw it. I'm hungry, etc. I can hear it all now. OMG and then the back and forth between the dogs themselves. No I don't want mine to talk.
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Oh wow! When you first mentioned it, I was picturing 2 or 3 pellets of bird shot just under her skin. Poor baby! Personally, I think it is inconceivable that she doesn't have scarring along the path of that shrapnel.

Those xrays aren't very good for looking at hips, but from what I was taught, she has a little wear in her hip joints, but not bad at all, and pretty even left to right, so would not affect one side more than the other.

She is so lucky to have you!
Gotta love 'em.
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Poor baby! Who shoots at a puppy?? I'm glad you were able to get some help and that Ember is no longer on crate rest.

She may just have her on and off days. My mom has a couple of injuries that happened over 50 years ago that only act up during a major weather change. I started having issues with my sciatic nerve when pregnant with my son 24 years ago. It only acts up if I get really cold or if I get ill and have to lie around for a few days so I often go years without an issue. I wonder if Ember is the same and just has those days where she isn't feeling so great.
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TMM that is what we are going for, and going to plan around. Because it's definitely on a day by day basis. And now I know what to look for much more specifically Smile.

OB and Trifan, that made me giggle lol. Ember would be pulling that Family Guy "Mom mom mommy" line 18 hours a day LOL! And I'm relatively sure her and the cat hold full conversations! Mostly around "Don't touch me and get out of my space" lol.

GM very good to know! Doctor said everything from bloodwork to xrays was relatively unremarkable except the shrapnel. Such a good thing to hear.

The only downside to this is that now I know why she is such a Stranger Danger dog, I know what kind of battle it's going to be to get her people-ready for any sort of "event" (and by that, I mean, I'm wanting to teach beginner training classes around town but she won't be a very willing demo dog). But it also makes a whole lot of sense now as to why some days she can walk right past other people without a glance, and may even greet them, and other days she skirts so wide and warns them off.

Reading her just got a heck of a lot easier Smile Kinda wish I had had the money to do this sooner!
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