My 17 week year old working cocker injured his front right leg on the weekend whilst playing with another puppy (showing off doing way too tight turns). I took him straight to the vets and they gave him a shot of Metacam. However by today he still wasn't 100% despite restricting his exercise over the weekend. So I returned to the vets who has asked me to continue restricting his activity and take him back in 2 weeks, or sooner if it appears to worsen. She hinted at this perhaps being a joint/growth problem rather than a nasty sprain/strain. She's also commented on his slight 'queen anne' legs. Am I correctly assuming she's talking about Elbow Displasia? I sort of hope she was talking about worse case scenario....someone reassure me?
Queen Anne legs aren't that common in working cockers - what are his legs actually like? Queen Anne's are sort of together at the feet and turned right out at the elbow.
They are linked with elbow dysplasia but are not the same thing. What were his parents like? What were their hip and elbow scores?
Also, I'm sure you're already doing this, but at that age, with joint pain, I would be restricting movement like nothing ever seen before. Even out for a wee on a lead, no walks and a real, concerted effort to prevent any racing around. It is hard to do, no fun for the dog or you, but IMO it is so important.
If it is ligament pain, or plain old muscle damage it needs to heal and it takes time. One of mine suffered enormously from growing pains - real, proper limping and disaster. We cut out all exercise for a week and it sorted her out - she's just been hip and elbow scored and the results are fantastic :-)
Thanks Daisy, he hasn't got very Queen Anne legs in my opinion, but I can see that he's quite broad chested which perhaps is making him look more than he actually is IFSWIM. We are totally restricting his activity (resulting in an even madder spaniel). Both parents are working dogs, no health test results were available but appearances to be fine, oh isn't hindsight wonderful. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that this is a 'phase' and something he grows out of.