Well, at first I thought it was a bee sting. After the coursing training several weeks back Java’s right wrist swelled up. It didn’t hurt her when I palpated it (and she’s not the kind of dog that hides the pain) and it went away after couple of hours. Bee stings happen. Ruby had a few already and didn’t seem to be in pain after the initial sting wore off. This looked quite similar. Still, the location of swelling was suspicious…
We continued going on walks as usual and there was no problem… For a week. Then we had agility training and afterwards the wrist got swollen again 😦 Still no limping, no pain, even when I squeezed it. I took Java to a vet for x-rays which were fine. The vet said it was a mild sprain and suggested two weeks of leashed walks.
After two weeks I let her run by herself and she was fine. Next day I let her run with Ruby and when we came home her wrist was swollen again 😦 No pain, just swelling. So then we went to PT and she said Java would need to wear a wrist wrap for a while, a hard one at first and later a softer one in which she will be able to run and do all the normal whippety things. She also got some ointment to keep inflammation down in case there was any more swelling and a pulsing magnet to help the healing process.
Interestingly our PT is currently treating another whippet with a very similar injury who also needed a wrist wrap so we were able to borrow the hard wrap of just the right size from her. Maja and Baska, I’m sorry we had to meet under such unfortunate circumstances, but I’m glad we did. Thank you for your help 🙂