About the study . . . someone called me back and asked how much he weighed, etc, and said they were trying to see what they could do to "help me." If that means "do the tests free of charge," than I'm all for it. I guess we'll see . . .
After two weeks, he was still not walking on his sore leg consistently, so I finally took him back to the vet. As I've been saying all along, it wasn't his leg, it was the bottom of his foot, more specifically, a broken nail. So that was it! He had a nail broken real far down, she said maybe it wasn't even visible in the beginning. She "operated" and cut it off, then wrapped up his little itty bitty leg, and now it looks like the bottom of a golf club on the end of his leg. It's got bright yellow pressure wrap kind of tape on it, with a little white tape at the top and bottom, which he is picking at laying here on the floor beside my chair. She padded it pretty well on the bottom so he could walk on it, and he's doing pretty well now. He has to have an antibiotic (liquid from a dropper - FUN! haha) twice a day. I take him back tomorrow to have it unwrapped. So I guess my poor puppy is finally on the mend.
I also got some information on a clinical study an animal hospital in Columbus is doing on dogs with Asymptomatic Valvular Heart Disease, and since he's got a "whopping heart murmur" according to the vet he saw yesterday (we already knew he had one), she thought I might be interested in trying to get him in the study, so I'll call them today. To determine his participation, they'll do an exam and echocardiogram, and then if he's not admitted to the study, his vet here will at least know the condition of his heart in terms of FINALLY being able to get him neutered. They won't do it without him seeing a cardiologist first because of the murmur. We've known that since we got him when he was only 6 weeks old, so maybe now we can finally make some progress.
Nicole and Lauren came over to my house today, and brought Riley along. He LOVES to come here , he went right to the toys I keep here for him,and he knows right where to find t hem. He took his normal stroll through the house to make sure everything was still ok.......He played and favored his leg / foot only a little bit. Maybe it was all because he was so happy to be at Grandma's house again..........yeah, that was it, no doubt ! ~
Riley is finally starting to walk on his sore leg! Yesterday afternoon, he started walking on it quite a bit, and now he's using it about 90% of the time. He still holds it up from time to time, but for the most part, he seems to be using it.
I'm so glad to hear that!!! My dog Tucker pulls a muscle in his back at least once a year... and I'm almost as miserable as he is 'til it starts getting better (thanks to Prednisone!) He's an old dog but thinks he's a young pup and comes flying up the steps from outside and, oops!, there goes the back muscle...