August 9, 2012

Impact of Injury on Vizsla Stance

I never realized how much of an impact an injury could have on a dog's stance. Riley's knee injury has absolutely ruined the way she stands. I've tried many times to get good pictures of her standing since the accident, but I've given up now. Here are some pictures to show just how much an injury can affect the way a pup stands. I'm expecting her to have more leg issues down the road. If not with her left leg, with her right leg - it has to compensate for the reduced strength of her left knee. We are going to try saving up some money to take her back to UC Davis. I'm hoping that maybe they can improve things and maybe help her to stand normally again.

Before - notice the nice curvature to the left leg
After - the left leg is held very straight with little bend to the knee
From above - you can see how most of the weight is rested on the right leg
On tip-toe with her left foot and the right is turned outward