Tuesday Jimmy saw his chiro/accupuncture vet. If you remember my last Weekend Report , the canine masseuse found a very tight iliopsoas muscle. Well, the vet agreed and found the same issue. Jimmy definitely has something going on with that muscle. Jimmy gave out a yelp when the vet palpated the area. He hasn't been exhibiting any lameness, nor had he been dropping bars or slowing through the weaves as is common with this sort of injury. Hopefully this means the injury is not too severe. So of course, agility of any kind is off the radar for the foreseeable future. I had a couple of trials scheduled and cancelled those. Fortunately one had a waiting list so I was able to get a partial refund and the other one hadn't closed entries yet so I just pulled my entry. I'll be using those entry fees for rehab treatrments, for sure! And Wilson said he'd be more than happy to fill in for Jimmy at the weekly agility class. There are 4 more classes in this session, so he gets to play a bit.
So Jimmy is on exercise restriction. Leash walks only, no running, no jumping, no swimming, not much of anything. He's already starting to complain! He's bored and his energy is building. That means he burns off some off it by being very vocal. Yikes! This will be for several WEEKS! Holy Moly!
He will be getting cold laser therapy, acupuncture if needed, and I think I will schedule a couple of massages to keep the muscle as loose as possible. This is a tough muscle to rehab and very easy to re-injure. It doesn't help that Jimmy is one of those dogs that doesn't take care of their own bodies.
Needless to say, this is a disappointing development. Jimmy does not seem to be in much, if any, pain, so that is very good. I know I will miss my hobby as well as the social aspect of the sport. Jimmy is going to miss being busy and active. I guess I'll need to do some trick training to keep his mind busy.