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What is her name and how old is she?
What medications is she on?
Is she still sore from the pulled muscle?
Is the not wanting to walk outside new? How old are the children walking her?
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I love her name!!
Would you say her pain is improving?
Was making sure your children weren't young- sometimes we'll see some behavioral issues with kids, that we dont' see with adults, but that isn't the case here.
Is she willing to go out the front of the house vs out through the backyard? Does that make a difference?
From dogs I've seen with similar issues, it could be since she's still painful part of the time, she associates going outside with more moving, hence --more discomfort. Metacam and gabapentin are great choices for pain control in dogs. If she's still yelping 1.5 weeks after the injury and on those two medications, I'm concerned there is something more serious going on. Before we start talking about potential behavioral issues, it sounds like a recheck examination is in order. Did they end up taking x-rays at the first visit?
Okay. I'm guessing they didn't see anything at that time, is that correct?
On occasion, I'll have a case that isn't improving and I'll end up repeating x-rays. Sometimes things don't initially show up, then given some time, we can see them (I had a case of this in an older Husky just yesterday). In Jelly Bean's case- she could truly be painful and that may be causing her to not want to go outside. Once pain is ruled out, I typically start to think about things like anxiety or a bad experience somehow and Huskies can be pretty strong willed when they want to be (as I'm sure you know!). Typically, for a strain/sprain, I like to see 100% improvement while on medication within a week. Jelly Bean is past that. If I were seeing her, I'd want to address any pain issues first and see if the behavior resolves. If it doesn't resolve, then I'd start discussing behavior issues. I'd recommend setting up a recheck appointment with her vet to make sure she/he doesn't find anything new on exam. I'd love an update and I'm happy to continue the discussion once her pain is improved. I'm also happy to continue to try to help now in any way I can. I always work on controlling pain first and if pain isn't controlled, figuring out why that is.
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