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1) Did anyone evaluate the ligaments in Whiskey knee or was he just placed on medications?2) Any pain while he's favoring the limb tonight?
I think it's time for someone to evaluate the ligaments in this boy's knee. ACL tears in pitbulls are very common because of their build and activity level. It doesn't take more than a wrong twist while playing or a bad landing. Because of the duration of his symptoms, this is my greatest worry.Sometimes this can be done without sedation but some dogs require being sedated so they will relax enough to allow the vet to perform the procedure. If your vet does not offer ligament assessment, request to be referred to a center that does. In some cases, surgical repair is needed.Between now and then, make sure that he is kept quiet with no more runs even if he feels well enough to do so. You should crate him, if you can, but at very least keep him off of furniture and other elevated surfaces lest he jump off and harm himself again. You can apply a cool pack to the injured limb for 10 minutes on and 20 minutes off a few times a day. Some dogs also appreciate heat (heating pad is fine, set on low) assuming you're there to monitor him during the process.
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