My 1 year old sheltie wiped out a couple of months ago whe we were playing ball. She favors her hind leg now and when she runs she sometimes lifts it and runs on 3 legs. It's hard to keep her quiet. I had it checked today by my vet and she said it is a cranial crutiate injury. I had just started agility classes yesterday so that is over for the season. Sometimes she seems better but I guess it will take a long time to heal. Has anybody had experience with this?

Lori
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My 1 year old sheltie wiped out a couple of months ago whe we were playing ball. She favors her ... she seems better but I guess it will take a long time to heal. Has anybody had experience with this?

My sympathies. A friend's Border Collie had the same injury and required a few months of very low activity with lots of crate time so he wouldn't further injure himself.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Even with a sore leg it's hard to keep her quiet so I may have to resort to the kennel since I have put the crate away. The kennel is 6 X 8 feet with a roof to keep the sun off her. It's better than having her in the house crying to go out because she is wired at times. ;-)
Lori
Even with a sore leg it's hard to keep her quiet so I may have to resort to the kennel ... off her. It's better than having her in the house crying to go out because she is wired at times.

It really depends on the dog and the extent of the injury, but I'm sure that your vet has advised you well. Your Sheltie may not get a lot of down time in a 6 x 8 run, so it's good that her previously mentioned cranial crutiate injury has been re- evaluated as a sore leg.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
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Why does Xnews do this? It totally cut my whitespace which pointed out my mispelling of cruciate.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
My 1 year old sheltie wiped out a couple of months ago whe we were playing ball. She favors her ... she seems better but I guess it will take a long time to heal. Has anybody had experience with this?

I have not experienced this myself, but have read up on it. Did the doctor say whether it was a full or partial tear, or just a strain, and what did he recommend for treatment? If torn, it is very very unlikely to heal on its own, and will likely require surgery. If strained, it may heal with crate rest, but that means complete crate rest, leashed potty time, and not allowing her to run free at all, until it is fully healed. Since she is so young, it is definitely in her best interest to get this healed now, either surgically or otherwise, so that she has less risk of developing more debilitating problems later in life.
Christy
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