The only reason we ended up with Rowdy is because it was let them take him to the pound or take him 1000 miles north to our house. We had already put a 50% deposit and ordered Gunny when this all happened. His disease has worsened in the last 18 months because we feed him nothing but KD.
OK...so you took Rowdy out of the goodness of your heart. That was nice...but sometimes things don't always work out. Border Collies are very busy dogs, and need a job. Instead of allowing him to wrestle and run with Gunny....what if you work on exercising Rowdy alone? Does he retrieve a ball? Probably 20 minutes twice a day with a chuck-it and a ball...should tire him out? Don't count on Rowdy and Gunny playing to exercise them.Make it a job of getting Gunny trained, and exercised...and then work with Rowdy. Keep them separated as much as you can right now...so Gunny can heal up. Two dogs constantly running, playing and wrestling will never allow Gunny's hygroma's to heal.
If Rowdy's kidneys are fine on K/D diet, then he should be o.k. . You have to seriously think of either giving him a job to do...or finding him a good home. Gunny will be calming down soon...and you will be able to get the hygromas under control.
As far as the elbow pads...looks like it should help...but what will stop him from chewing it up? That's a lot of money for a chew toy!!!
That's great news!! Glad that the leggings are working. Not much fun for Gunny...but he will survive.. The custom fit leggings are still cheaper than
the surgery the vet would have done. With no guarantee that the hygroma would not return. Let us know how things progress.
Well, as of today the hygroma has gone down by maybe 50%. Gunny is being a real trooper about wearing the leggings and the e-collar. We have been keeping it on him all day except for play/training time. Some nights we were leaving it off of him since he sleeps all night snoring of course but love the dream sounds. Yes , I digressed a bit.
In summation hygroma is down about 50% in size but we seem to be battling the last 50%. Do you think him running wide open affects the joint/hygroma because in training and play time he is in a grassy pasture but runs wide open.
So glad to hear that Gunny's hygroma is still improving!! Honestly, if he were my dog, I would let him run...and be a dog. The hygroma while unsightly, is not really affecting his health. It's not like you are letting him run on a broken leg or something. The most important thing is not to let him lay on the hard ground, or to slam down into a laying position. Let us know how he continues to do.