Thursday, May 29, 2008

Lucy gets the thumbs-up

I'm really happy to report that Dr. Sherman at VetHab found no physical concerns in his examination of Lucy. He said that she is in great shape for a 10-year-old dog. So I still don't know why she was refusing the teeter, but I feel a huge sense of relief that it's probably not physical. (She didn't refuse the teeter a single time this weekend, leading me to believe that it's something about unfamiliar teeters she doesn't trust). I will continue to limit her runs and still plan to move her to Performance after her ADCH (I already enter her in NADAC Veteran's class), but at least I know that she's sound enough to stay in Championship until I manage to get those last two Gamblers Qs.

Dr. Sherman did tell me I need to expand my pre-run warm-up routine to include a few minutes of walk/trot/canter/gallop in addition to the stuff I already do, and I need to make sure I do it no more than ten minutes before a run. I've already been feeding Lucy joint supplements for years (glucosamine/chondroitin, MSM, fish oil and vitamin E), and he said to keep it up. In reference to Pinky, I asked him at what age he recommends starting a pup on supplements and he said 4 years or after the first incident/problem.

He also told me that if Lucy has another bout of "mystery lameness" like she had a couple months ago to call him immediately and they will fit us in as soon as possible.


cedarfield said...

Lucy is 10?! She looks about 5. Must be all that varmint chasing :-)

Lisa B. said...

She'll be flattered to know you say she looks young ;-) Yes, I think keeping active really helps.