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Discussion in 'Health & Nutritional Care' started by destinoscelgo, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. destinoscelgo

    destinoscelgo Good Dog

    I'm putting this here even though I guess it's an OB and sports topic...so I will add it in with a vet story lol

    Took Willow to the vet today because she has been hacking a lot and it all started after she was chewing on a cow foot. I was nervous a piece may have splintered and got stuck in her throat. Vet checked her out, stuck his finger down her throat, couldn't find anything and wanted to do an xray.
    He did the xray and found no bone fragment and we began talking about her bones and how I want to get a full body xray before I start training her in weight pull and agility
    *He* said that he focuses more on the back for agility training dogs since they spend a lot of time on their back legs with jumping and what not (obviously...)
    However, he did say that her shoulders and entire front half is perfect...so that makes me wonder if she is okay to start training in WP? We didn't really talk too much into it since I was also asking questions about titer testing and bloodwork etc, so I figure I would ask you guys.

  2. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    Obviously start slow with her just pulling an empty bottle around or something.. But you know that ;)

    Bump for experienced answers...
  3. destinoscelgo

    destinoscelgo Good Dog

    Yeah that's the plan...but I had no intention on even starting until I got her x-rays done...
  4. Leslie H

    Leslie H Good Dog

    I don't think your vet has too much experience w/either sport. In agility, dogs drive off both their front and hind ends, but most of the landing impact is taken on the front end. In weight pull, your dog is working off both their front and rear as well. So x-rays for either sport IMO would include hips, elbows and patellas. Doing light drag work should not do your dog any harm, in dysplastic dogs the better muscle tone helps the joint be more stable. I am not a vet, I imagine w/a severely dysplastic dog, even light pulling might be detrimental.
    There are dogs whose structure is so poor I would not do either sport. I am not saying this about your dog, just some I've seen.
  5. destinoscelgo

    destinoscelgo Good Dog

    I understand what you mean...which is why I asked here. I know people here have more experience with the sports and x rays than I do. (And yeah I don't think he has any experience in the sport either lol)

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