First of all, Zeus did amaaaazing in the waiting room! There were barking dogs and people coming and going, and Zeus (although interested in the people) didn't pay the other dogs any mind at all. I was afraid of him barking because he tends to bark when other dogs are doing so, and he was really bad at barking at other dogs when he saw them. And when we have to sit and wait for a long time, he tends to whine and grunt and grumble to voice his displeasure at doing nothing. Nowadays, I'm noticing he isn't doing that nearly as much! Maybe Age Two is the beginning of al little more mental maturity!
Zeus went with the vet tech happily, as he normally does. He's 89.2lbs now! It's crazy because he apparently has put on 5lbs since the last time we weighed him, which probably was in September or October, but I don't see it. People say he's getting thicker. I guess it's a filling out phase? He definitely isn't fat. Aw, my big baby boy is growing into a man dog!
And finally, the diagnosis .... Yeah, the vet didn't find anything physically wrong with his leg or paw. She said he doesn't have any inflammation and no tenderness when she examined his limb from top to bottom. She said she'd be more worried if he wasn't using his leg or didn't want to put any pressure on it at all, but the fact that he's walking around on it and doing normal activities makes it seem like a minor injury. She said they could run X-rays if I wanted, but she didn't think it was necessary. Her diagnosis was a likely soft tissue strain or sprain causing some mild discomfort. She prescribed pain medication (OstiMax). They're 100mg tablets, but Zeus only gets half of one, once a day for 6 days. If improvement isn't shown in a week, we're to bring him back. We're going out of town this weekend for the holidays, back to our hometown in Texas, so if he's still limping after Christmas, we're going to take him to our old vet to see what they say. Maybe get an X-ray at that time.
, I'm keeping what you said in the back of my mind. If time passes and he's still limping, there is a specialty vet clinic here in Albuquerque that I'll take him to, but we won't be back until Jan 6. If nothing else, while in Texas I'll take him to Austin as there are a buttload of specialty clinics there, and it's only about an hour's drive from where I'll be.
So for now, Zeus is going to rest his leg for the week. No running or jumping....so if anyone has any suggestions on how to keep an active two year old doberman still for seven days, I'm all ears!