Back in February, Ziva regrettably tore a ligament in her right shoulder sometime during the Denver cluster of dog shows. Thankfully she had passed her OFAs just weeks before, and earned her Grand Championship that same weekend, as her ring career came to a screeching halt.
We are now happy to report that with some ultrasound and laser therapy, as well as Protein Rich Plasma injections and weeks of physical therapy and wearing a hobble brace, she is on the mend! It takes about a total of 12 months to reach 80-100% joint strength after an injury of this nature, but she has been thriving with the therapy and conditioning she has received at Colorado Canine Orthopedics and Rehab!
As large breed dog owners, we need to be ever mindful of what they jump on and off of, repetitive actions that can cause injury on developing joints, and the surfaces they are working/playing/living on. Proper fitness and conditioning also play a large role in joint health.
Ziva has always been what I call a “bouncy” girl, going vertical in greetings and play with other dogs. Her exuberance for life and people has not been dampened by this injury, and we are excited for her future career as a therapy dog. We have had to learn some training techniques to curb the vertical energy to help prevent future injury, but she is recovering well!
Wife, Mother of 3, MSN, RN, AGACNP-BC