Took the little dog to the barn today to work on her weave poles and could not get her excited or running for the life of me. I was acting like a total fool and getting really frustrated with why I couldn't get her going. It wasn't even that cold out. Well, when I went to take off her jammies I had to pick up her back feet in order to get them out of the leg holes. Her left hock was massively swollen. Now, I know for a fact that it wasn't that swollen prior to training because I had to pick up her feet to get her INTO the jammies. However, it has obviously been bothering her since at least Sunday when we had agility class.
The joint is absolutely massive. She has been quiet and reluctant to exercise on it. I noticed recently she's been a little slow to jump out of the truck but just figured it was the cold. But otherwise, she has not been lame on it in the slightest. I do remember that on our hikes on Saturday and Monday that she had been holding that particular leg out of the snow slightly more than the other one, but since she was doing it with both, it was cold out, and she was not otherwise favouring the leg I didn't even think anything of it.
|Very swollen left hock.|
|Normal right hock|